An addictions counselor assistant performs various tasks that support the work of an addictions counselor. These tasks generally include arranging appointment schedules, managing caseloads, updating patient data, developing support group activities, and helping counselors communicate with patients, especially those that are reluctant to receive treatment.
Furthermore, an addictions counselor assistant performs all these tasks while maintaining patient confidentiality and adhering to all laws and regulations, such as HIPAA. They may also coordinate with law enforcement regarding the treatment of patients that have been charged for possessing and using illegal drugs.
The ideal educational background for this role is a four-year degree in psychology, social work, or other related fields. More than that, having completed training for substance abuse counseling is a huge plus, as well as prior work experience in a similar role. For some employers, certain certifications or licenses may also be a requirement.
When you become an addictions counselor assistant, your salary can range between $29,000 to $73,000 a year, with the median at $46,000 annually.