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Become A Substance Abuse Technician

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Working As A Substance Abuse Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $42,170

    Average Salary

What Does A Substance Abuse Technician Do At NHS Human Services, Inc.

* Provide harm reduction, stage wise treatment for substance abuse
* Assure that MD orders for substance abuse treatment are met
* Provide co-occurring counseling through individual, group and family therapy as necessary
* Educate and train staff, family members, and community providers in treating individuals with co-occurring drug and alcohol and serious and persistent mental illness
* Develop network and community substance abuse treatment resources
* Perform substance use and abuse assessments
* Provide ongoing support and education to individuals regarding substance abuse

What Does A Substance Abuse Technician Do At Anka Behavioral Health, Inc.

* Maintain a milieu structure that involves the clients in the program and become an integral part of the therapeutic milieu, and participate as a member of the team.
* Conduct observed and unobserved Urine Specimen Collection according to Procedures.
* Work as a member of a treatment team with other staff and have a clinical understanding of, and therapeutic relationship with, all clients to facilitate an integrated, cohesive, coordinated and supportive treatment approach.
* Act as a role model within the therapeutic milieu and participate as a member of the treatment team.
* Develop cross-cultural awareness of culturally-diverse client population and apply appropriate interventions in assisting them with socio-cultural issues.
* Complete documentation in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with Probation and program guidelines.
* Thank you for your interest! To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements.
* Requirements

What Does A Substance Abuse Technician Do At ICL

* May provide monitoring of medications and/or monitored medications and make appropriate medication administration form entries in strict accordance with the medication protocol.
* May assist consumers/residents who are on a monitored medication regime.
* May formulate and conduct programs to promote prevention of alcohol and substance abuse.
* May be involved in planning, escorting, and/or arranging social or recreational activities forresidents/consumers.
* May supervise resident/consumer funds and savings accounts in accordance with ICL policy.
* May provide training to other staff or be directly involved in counseling individuals or groups.
* May prepare documents for presentation in court and accompany residents/consumers asneeded.
* May administer urinalysis and breathalyzer tests.
* May serve as house manager ensuring that consumers adhere to program structure and rules.
* Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
* Qualifications

What Does A Substance Abuse Technician Do At Strategic Resources, Incorporated

* Provide annual prevention training to include:
* hours for AGR Soldiers
* hours for TPU Soldiers
* hours Drug Free Federal Workplace Program Training for Civilian employees
* Conduct 40 hour Unit Prevention Lead UPL courses
* Track all training conducted by each unit or directorate, as appropriate, and report results into Drug and Alcohol Management information System DAMIS
* Provide information briefings and executive correspondence
* Provide the ADCO with a list of all completed UPL training, prevention training, Red Ribbon and Yellow Ribbon training, as entered into DAMIS
* Track and maintain all soldier-related substance abuse data and services in DAMIS to include illicit and prescription positive results and the completion of services including prevention education
* Facilitate and implement a Unit Risk Inventory URI
* Facilitate and implement Government provided Reintegration Unit Risk Inventory R
* URI survey at the unit levelEmployer's Job# EB
* Please visit job URL for more information about this opening and to view EOE

What Does A Substance Abuse Technician Do At The Jewish Board

* include but not limited to:
* Provide clinically based assessments of ACS referred adolescent and adult clients for Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse patterns.
* Evaluate ACS referred adolescent and adult clients with substance abuse issues for co-existing Mental Health issues.
* Make recommendations for treatment and provide referrals to ACS staff.
* This may include referrals to support services, medical evaluations and treatment, social services and\or employment services. (ACS staff to make the actual referral).
* Assess collaterals re: co-dependency or needs secondary to substance abuse for collateral services and make appropriate recommendations.
* Monitor engagement of the clients with recommended services.
* Maintain a listing of referral sources and contacts for ACS\CCP Collaboration to facilitate ease of referral and follow-up.
* Complete required documentation of consults within the required time frame. .
* Prepare and maintain statistical reports.
* In collaboration with the Clinical Consultation team, create linkages with ACS\DCP staff regarding substance abuse and mental health training needs.
* Formulate and conduct training for ACS staff with reference to substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health issues.
* Collaborate with all relevant key participants in ACS system to ensure buy in and cooperation.
* In conjunction with the team coordinator and consultants, collaborate in developing a clinical team that provides coordinated services within ACS division partners.
* May provide case specific consultations and participation in family team meetings and child safety conferences providing for a more integrated consultation service.
* Participate in training, supervision and other consultative activities

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How To Become A Substance Abuse Technician

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Substance Abuse Technician Career Paths

Substance Abuse Technician
Addictions Counselor Clinical Supervisor Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinician Program Director Career Coordinator
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Adjunct Instructor Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Social Worker Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinician
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Addictions Counselor Social Worker Career Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Physical Therapist Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Family Therapist Career Coordinator Residence Director
Housing Director
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist
Lead Therapist
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Therapist Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinician Medical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Professor Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Substance Abuse Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Cherokee

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Greek

  • Armenian

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Ojibwe

  • Hindi

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Real Substance Abuse Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Substance Abuse Coordinator Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Jan 15, 2016 $77,845
Substance Abuse Couselor Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Jun 02, 2014 $61,713
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Conse Cope Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Sep 26, 2012 $49,941
Substance Abuse Facilitator Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Niagara Falls, NY Aug 29, 2011 $42,000
Substance Abuse Therapist Counseling Service of Eastern District New York New York, NY Oct 05, 2007 $37,107
Bilingual Substance Abuse Couselor Peer Services Inc. Evanston, IL May 14, 2012 $36,000
Substance Abuse/Behavioral DIS. Councelors Hispanic Umadaop, Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 26, 2007 $35,339
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Seeds of Hope Waterloo, IA Apr 22, 2008 $30,600

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Top Skills for A Substance Abuse Technician


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Top Substance Abuse Technician Skills

  1. Substance Abuse Treatment
  2. Individual Treatment Plans
  3. Abuse Therapist
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assessed and referred residents to the appropriate mental health/substance abuse treatment programs and services that would address their illnesses.
  • Provide individual psychotherapy to clients to set goals for and review progress of individual treatment plans.
  • Worked as a Substance Abuse Therapist at the Shands-Vista Florida Recovery Center (Partial Hospitalization Program).
  • Provided Individual and group therapy to adult substance abusers with mental health issues in a residential setting.
  • Conducted intakes, diagnostic assessments and crisis intervention.

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