Over three decades now of research has proven that addiction is a complex brain disease. It is considered a developmental disease that tends to start in adolescence and can last a lifetime if untreated. Despite this understanding, there remains controversy on whether the behavior of an addict is voluntary or involuntary and how we should treat the addict: punishment or treatment. The Certified Addiction Counselor training program offered by Colorado Counselor Training provides in-depth training on the latest research, evidenced based practices, pharmacology of substance use for Colorado counselors.