Why should I choose a career in addictions?
Addiction impacts every sector of society. Families, jobs and lives are destroyed every day by substance use disorders. The good news is that addiction is treatable, and you can help. Addictions professionals not only provide hope to individuals and families; they save lives. The outlook for addiction-oriented jobs is excellent. The number of these jobs is predicted to grow as the current workforce retires and new jobs are created to meet the nation’s need for treatment services. It is important for addictions professionals to be empathetic and passionate about helping others. It is also important for addictions professionals to receive adequate training so they are prepared to provide effective, quality addiction treatment.
What education is needed to become an addictions counsellor?
Formal education is necessary to gain employment as a counselor. About half of all counselors have a master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree often qualifies a person to work as a counseling aide, rehabilitation aide, or social service worker. Typical prerequisites include basic psychology and abnormal psychology. At the undergraduate level, while pursuing either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree, it is recommended that students receive education in the professional techniques of counseling along with a disciplined background in the environmental and psychological causes and effects of alcohol and other drug dependence and behavioral addictions.
What are the duties of a substance use disorders counsellor?
Addiction counselors provide counseling to clients, groups and sometimes families. They help clients adjust to life changes; develop treatment plans; provide education to clients and family members about addiction and treatment; take notes and keep records about clients’ histories and progress; evaluate clients’ advancement towards intended goals; coordinate counseling with other mental and health care professionals as needed, and meet with other care team members to coordinate services for clients.
What other jobs are available in the substance use disorders treatment field?
Recovery Coach, Clinical Supervisor, Co-occurring Disorders Counselor (Mental Health and Substance Use), Vocational Counselor, HIV Counselor, Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse, Detox Specialist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Addictionologist/Medical Director, Family Therapist, Social Worker, Case Manager, Administrative Support, Researcher and Educator/Teacher/Professor