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Dear Prospective Students, 

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding journey of learning that prepares you for a career in the human services field? Have you decided that you absolutely must dedicate your skills to improving the quality of life of populations in need of professional guidance? Then you will find Great Escape extremely useful.

Great Escape is a comprehensive guide for individuals seeking Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training and programs. We provide you with the data, news and tools you need to navigate courses and career options in an informed manner. Consider us your one-stop resource for reliable knowledge and professional training on substance abuse, which we believe, will empower you to serve vulnerable populations competently, confidence and sensitively. 

We encourage you to review our services, experiences and credentials to judiciously determine why and how Great Escape can be a valuable partner on your career path. We welcome your questions and look forward to joining you on your journey! 

Anthony Bryant, Executive Director/CEO
Great Escape Substance Abuse and Training Information Inc. is a not for profit organization with a mission to provide education and training to the community, while equipping prospective candidates to become effective counselors in the field of addiction. We provide the complete 350-hours of substance abuse education needed to qualify for the NYS CASAC-Trainee certification. Upon completion of the course, students will be provided a CASAC-T application and guidance for moving forward with the CASAC exam.

In addition to the CASAC education hours, we also offer CASAC/CPP/CPS Renewal Packages and CASAC Test Prep courses.

ALL courses are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

Established in 2012, Great Escape has been recognized by the former mayor or Freeport NY, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Congresswoman Grace Meng from the Sixth Congressional District of New York for facilitating the outreach and training needed to help families and individuals affected by substance abuse. With small classes at our campus in Baldwin, NY, we provide you with compassion, professionalism, and individualized attention that has led to our students passing the CASAC Exam on the first attempt. 
Our Programs are geared toward:
  • New students looking to begin (or transition into) a career in substance abuse counseling
  • Social workers looking to expand their knowledge of addiction treatment
  • Individuals as well as community, faith-based and private organizations interested in conducting outreach
  • Anyone interested in learning about and understanding the disease concept of addiction

In addition to education and training, Great Escape provides:
  • Recovery support groups
  • Ex-Offender Advocate groups
  • Drug treatment referral services
  • Community outreach
  • Youth empowerment courses

Certifications & Recognition's

Check out our certifications & awards
Great Escape is certified by The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

OASAS

Great Escape is Certified by The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.
Great Escape is Certified by the State of Florida Certification Board as an Approved Education Provider

Florida Certification Board

Great Escape is Certified by the State of Florida Certification Board as an Approved Education Provider.
Great Escape was awarded a Citation Nassau County twice

Nassau County, State Of New York

Great Escape was given a Citation by County Executive Ed Mangano, for their dedication and commitment to serving individuals and families in the Recovery community.
Great Escape was awarded a Citation Nassau County twice

Nassau County, Freeport, NY

Great Escape was awarded a Citation by Mayor Andrew Hardwick (former). Great Escape was recognized for providing great service to their community
Great Escape received a Proclamation from Congresswoman Grace Meng from the Sixth Congressional District Of New York

US House of Representatives (Congresswoman)

Great Escape received a Proclamation from Congresswoman Grace Meng from the Sixth Congressional District Of New York. The organization (Anthony Bryant) was recognized for exemplary leadership in Human Services and extraordinary commitment to community service and common good.

Testimonials

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"I have had such a wonderful experience these past few months. The instructor is wonderful; I have been able to take so much from him and his experience in the field. The staff at Great Escape provided more than just educational support. I'm so grateful to have found Great Escape."
Maureen Bisulca, CASAC-T 
"I was at a point in my life where my career was stalled and I was feeling discouraged. My decision to go to Great Escape was one of the best I’ve ever made. The classes are fun and dynamic, taught in a family atmosphere. I looked forward to attending every weekend. The staff are not only knowledgeable, but want the best for their students. They have assisted me with everything from my CASAC application to preparing a new resume. They are empathetic people who always made time to meet with me one on one when I was overwhelmed. I was able to complete the 350 hours, get my CASAC-T and pass the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam within fourteen months! Utilizing their test prep not only prepared me to do well on the exam the first time, but also boosted my confidence. I got my official scores back from the CASAC test and I got a 97% in Counseling and in Treatment Planning, Collaboration and Referral. I would like to thank the whole team for their expertise, patience and guidance. I will be returning here for training hours the first chance I get."
Lynn Dorney, MS, CASAC-T 
"I would like to acknowledge Great Escape. I completed the Recovery Coach training. As a 30 year provider of substance abuse services, I found this course highly informative and useful."
Bruce B. 
"I started CASAC classes at Great Escape in October of 2013. I have since graduated and now use my knowledge in the field as a substance abuse counselor. I loved every minute of my classes. Mr.Bryant is so knowledgable and full of energy, I never had a boring class. He made learning fun for me and I'm sure for everyone in my class as well. I learned so much from this school and I recommend this school to anyone who is looking to get their CASAC. Thank you Great Escape!!"
Kimberly W. CASAC-T, Great Escape Graduate, Certified Recovery Coach
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