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Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Training

A substance abuse counselor is someone who helps people who have problems which relate to alcohol or other addictive drugs. Not only do they console addicts, but they also work with individuals who are afraid that that they may become addicts. In some cases, they even help former addicts who are trying to prevent a relapse. Depending on the situation, a substance abuse counselor would be responsible for counseling friends, families, and other loved ones of the person who is addicted. Find schools below that offer substance abuse counselor certification.

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Also known as an "Addiction counselor", a substance abuse counselor also helps in the development of the individuals practical problems. For example, you may be responsible for helping the addict secure a job or even prescribe certain treatments and medicine to that person. Depending on your level of experience, you may or may not be supervised by social workers, psychologists, and doctors.

Responsibilities and Work Environment

Some substance abuse counselors work in halfway houses. This is basically a place where an addict lives so that he or she can receive the proper treatment. Others may end up being employed by clinics where they work with people on a more regular basis. There is also an opportunity to work in hospitals or human service agencies.

The reason substance abuse counselors are so effective is because most of them were addicted to a life-threatening drug at some point in their lives. This gives them more leverage when it comes to helping others because they understand and can relate where the addict is coming from. Substance abuse counselors work in group sessions or in a one-on-one atmosphere. These sessions are designed to help the addict understand, talk about, and cope with their addiction.

Substance Abuse Counselor Education and Training

At the very minimum, a high school diploma is required to secure a position in this industry. Counselors usually gain most of their experience through on-the-job training. While most training programs vary in length, expect them to last anywhere between six weeks and two years. There are colleges that offer training programs for people who would like to become a substance abuse counselor and these typically lose around one or two years.

Formal training allows students to learn about something called "Crisis intervention". This is basically a way of effectively handling an emergency situation. These emergencies may involve emotional problems, medical issues, or a combination of both. Graduates who go through the necessary training programs usually end up with an Associate's degree. Depending on where you live, a Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, or any other related field may also be required to become hired.

Job Outlook and Advancement Opportunities

Substance abuse counselors who have a high school diploma and have gone through all of the necessary training may end up securing a position at a halfway house. However, there are more advanced positions that require at least a Bachelor's degree. The job growth of this industry is expected to grow faster than it ever has by the year 2014. One reason why is because more and more addicts are being sent to therapy rather than prison. Don't wait another second and start y our substance abuse counselor training program today.

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