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Become An Alcohol And Drug Counselor

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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

  • $39,980

    Average Salary

What Does An Alcohol And Drug Counselor Do

Alcohol And Drug Counselors provide counseling services for individuals who have problems with alcohol or drug abuse. They promote healthy lifestyles through educating and supporting their clients.

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
Program Director Educator Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Pastor Family Service Counselor
Case Management Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Specialist
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Addictions Counselor Mental Health Therapist Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Therapist Family Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Family Therapist Therapist
Lead Therapist
5 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Education Director Case Manager
Mental Health Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Social Worker Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor/Case Manager Case Manager Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Specialist Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Clinician
Senior Clinician
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Assistant Director Social Worker
Senior Social Worker
6 Yearsyrs
Addictions Counselor Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Alcohol And Drug Counselor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    64.4%
  • Male

    34.2%
  • Unknown

    1.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.5%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    61.1%
  • French

    10.0%
  • Italian

    4.4%
  • Dakota

    3.3%
  • Arabic

    3.3%
  • Greek

    2.2%
  • Portuguese

    1.1%
  • Chinese

    1.1%
  • German

    1.1%
  • Bosnian

    1.1%
  • Cantonese

    1.1%
  • Serbian

    1.1%
  • Japanese

    1.1%
  • Mandarin

    1.1%
  • Polish

    1.1%
  • Hindi

    1.1%
  • Choctaw

    1.1%
  • Urdu

    1.1%
  • Croatian

    1.1%
  • Thai

    1.1%
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Real Alcohol And Drug Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug USE Preve New York City Department of Health and Mental HYGI New York, NY Jul 04, 2010 $100,000 -
$120,000
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 Apr 13, 2012 $35,000 -
$47,000
Chemical Dependency Counselor Residence Xii Kirkland, WA Oct 01, 2012 $35,000 -
$47,000

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Top Skills for An Alcohol And Drug Counselor

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Top Alcohol And Drug Counselor Skills

  1. Individual Treatment Plans
  2. Chemical Dependency Assessments
  3. Intake Assessments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted intake sessions and consulted with clients when developing individual treatment plans.
  • Performed chemical dependency assessments and made recommendations for appropriate level of care based on findings.
  • Completed intake assessments and utilization review for insurance authorization.
  • Worked in the Outpatient program, facilitating adolescent adult and some limited adolescent outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment.
  • Make appropriate referrals as necessary.

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