Substance Abuse Counseling



Substance abuse counselors diagnose and treat clients who are suffering from serious addictions, whether to drugs or alcohol, or even gambling.

They craft a treatment and support plan for clients based on their individual needs. Substance abuse counselors can work in clinics, government programs, public and private hospitals, prisons, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation treatment centers or in private practice.

A variety of degrees are available in substance abuse counseling. Some states have specific requirements that must be met in order to work in the field. Candidates should check the requirements for their intended state of practice to ensure all have been met.

Demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to increase by 27 percent between now and 2020, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual salary for substance abuse counselors is $38,120.


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