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Working As An Alcohol And Drug Counselor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $47,329

    Average Salary

What Does An Alcohol And Drug Counselor Do

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Duties

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, or problem behavior and assess their readiness for treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, also called addiction counselors, work with clients individually and in group sessions. Many incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to guide their practice. They teach clients how to cope with stress and life’s problems in ways that help them recover. Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.

Some addiction counselors work in facilities that employ many types of healthcare and mental health professionals. Addiction counselors may work with psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, and registered nurses to develop treatment plans and coordinate care for patients.

Some counselors work with clients who have been ordered by a judge to receive treatment for addiction. Others work with specific populations, such as teenagers, veterans, or people with disabilities. Some specialize in crisis intervention; these counselors step in when someone is endangering his or her own life or the lives of others. Other counselors specialize in noncrisis interventions, which encourage a person with addictions or other issues to get help. Noncrisis interventions often are performed at the request of friends and family.

Some substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in private practice, where they work alone or with a group of counselors or other professionals. These counselors manage their practice as a business. This includes working with clients and insurance companies to receive payment for their services. In addition, they market their practice to bring in new clients.

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How To Become An Alcohol And Drug Counselor

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree. Workers with more education are able to provide more services to their clients, such as private one-on-one counseling sessions, and they require less supervision than those with less education. Those interested should research their state’s educational requirements.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in private practice must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-issued exam and complete continuing education every year. Contact information for your state's regulating board can be found through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The licensure or certification criteria for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, not all states require a specific degree, but many require applicants to pass an exam. Contact information for your state’s licensing board can be found through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients or other professionals and must be able to develop and nurture good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. They need to give their full attention to a client to be able to understand that client’s problems and values.

Patience. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to remain calm when working with all types of clients, including those who may be distressed or angry.

Speaking skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that their clients easily understand.

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Alcohol And Drug Counselor Career Paths

Alcohol And Drug Counselor
Addictions Counselor Program Director Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Communications Consultant Communications Project Manager
Communications Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Special Education Teacher School Counselor
Counseling Director
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Addictions Counselor Substance Abuse Counselor Clinician
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Solo Practitioner Housing Counselor
Housing Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Specialist Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Director Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Outpatient Physical Therapist Clinician
Senior Clinician
7 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Utilization Review Nurse
Utilities Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clinical Counselor 2.6 years
Primary Counselor 2.5 years
Primary Therapist 2.3 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Alcohol And Drug Counselor
Counselor 13.7%
Internship 13.1%
Case Manager 10.4%
Volunteer 5.1%
Therapist 4.0%
Supervisor 3.1%
Top Careers After Alcohol And Drug Counselor
Counselor 12.2%
Therapist 8.4%
Internship 4.4%
Supervisor 3.6%
Clinician 3.2%
Specialist 2.8%

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Alcohol And Drug Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

35.4%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

9.6%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.8%

French

8.8%

Italian

3.5%

Dakota

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

German

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Russian

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Serbian

0.9%
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Alcohol And Drug Counselor Education

Schools

Capella University

11.7%

Grand Canyon University

10.7%

Walden University

9.8%

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Liberty University

7.2%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.5%

Metropolitan State University

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Saint Cloud State University

3.6%

Portland State University

3.4%

University of South Dakota

3.4%

Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies

3.4%

National University

3.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.0%

University of Oklahoma

3.0%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

Eastern Washington University

2.8%

Cleveland State University

2.8%
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Majors

Social Work

16.1%

Psychology

14.4%

Mental Health Counseling

10.1%

School Counseling

8.8%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

Human Services

7.1%

Counseling Psychology

6.8%

Chemical Engineering

5.4%

Business

3.2%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Clinical Psychology

2.7%

Sociology

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Family Therapy

2.3%

Rehabilitation Science

1.9%

Nursing

1.6%

Human Development

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Behavioral Sciences

1.1%

Health Care Administration

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

41.3%

Bachelors

27.5%

Other

14.7%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Alcohol And Drug Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chemical Dependency Counselor I Hazelden Foundation Center City, MN Apr 23, 2013 $46,500
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Avida Care Services, LLC Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $43,000
Chemical Dependency Counselor Asian Counseling and Referral Service Seattle, WA Jun 15, 2011 $42,035
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Avida Care Services, LLC Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $42,000
Counselor-Chemical Dependancy St. Christopher's Inn, Inc. NY Sep 26, 2012 $41,000
Chemical Dependency Counselor Residence Xii Kirkland, WA Oct 01, 2012 $35,000 -
$47,000
Chemical Dependency Counselor Residence Xii Kirkland, WA Apr 13, 2012 $35,000 -
$47,000
Chemical Dependency Counselor Residence Xii Kirkland, WA May 12, 2015 $34,856 -
$48,362

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Top Skills for An Alcohol And Drug Counselor

  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Intake Assessments
  3. Substance Abuse
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  • Revised treatment plans in consultation with clinical supervisor based on patient progress.
  • Completed intake assessments and utilization review for insurance authorization.
  • Provided substance abuse treatment specialized in the Native American community as evidenced within cultural guidelines.
  • Concealed confidentiality at all times, followed ethics and procedures, collaborated with professionals and secured referrals.
  • Demonstrated advanced crisis intervention techniques geared towards emotionally stabilizing patients and coordinating the immediate referral to a psychiatric hospital.

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