Substance abuse counselors advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. Substance abuse counselors work with mental health professionals and other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.
Substance abuse counselors work in mental health agencies, hospitals, correctional institutions, therapeutic communities, de-toxification centers, private practice, and addiction treatment centers.
Training programs vary in length from two-year associate degrees to graduate programs. In addition to general college courses, major courses include basic counseling skills, group counseling, family counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, research, program evaluation, ethics, records management and other psychology and sociology courses.
Many treatment centers assist counselors in obtaining continuing education and supervision required for certification and advancement.
Substance Abuse Counselors Salaries:
Outpatient care centers: $34,830
Residential mental health facilities: $29,890
Individual and family services: $33,230
Local governmentL $39,940
General medical and surgical hospitals: $39,920