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Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor

A Licensed Alcohol Drug Abuse Counselor is a support system for people with drug and alcohol problems, eating disorders and other behavioral issues. They teach individuals how to modify their behavior with the intention of full recovery. Because clients are susceptible to relapses, many substance abuse counselors work with clients on an on-going basis.


Other duties may include:

  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their health and substance problem

  • Identifying issues and create goals and treatment plans

  • Teaching clients coping mechanisms

  • Helping clients find jobs or reestablish their career

  • Leading group therapy sessions

  • Providing updates and progress reports to courts

  • Referring clients to support groups

  • Setting up aftercare plans

  • Meeting with family members and provide guidance and support

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  • You must have a Master’s degree in substance abuse counseling or a degree deemed equivalent.  You must have 2,000 hours of supervised experience of which half must consist of direct client contact.

  • You must pass the certification examination.

  • Before receiving full licensure, you must have 180 hours of continuing education documented of which at least 90 are specific to drugs and alcohol.

  • Outpatient care centers

  • Schools

  • Hospitals

  • Private practice

  • Substance abuse & addiction treatment centers

  • Social service agencies

  • Physician offices


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