Welcome to the best resource for substance abuse counselors online. If you are interested in starting a career in the field, start with the articles listed to the right for a quick overview. For the initiated, we have many articles on more in-depth topics, such as handling those with dual diagnoses and more. We also feature a directory of addiction treatment centers where you could potentially work. Whatever information you may need in your adventures, keep us in mind and return. We have what you need and we're constantly adding more!
Perhaps you are looking to relocate your family and need to find a new place to pursue your career in substance abuse counseling. Or maybe you need to refer a patient or friend to an addiction treatment center for a time to remove them from their triggers and environment. For these reasons we have created a directory of all of the substance abuse treatment centers in the United States for your convenience. This includes outpatient and inpatient treatment options at rehabilitation centers and hospitals.
Most substance abuse counselors work with a wide array of clients, although some choose to specialize in specific groups of people like veterans, prisoners, or teens. Being a counselor means listening to clients, evaluating their problems, and advising them on how to cope. Counselors also monitor their clients’ progress and watch for signs of relapse...
Drug abuse counselors need to possess a complete set of important qualities in order to be successful. With the exception of counselors in expensive private retreats that cater to celebrities, the majority of counselors will deal with people from all walks of life, including many homeless people, and every client must be treated with understanding and respect...
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This is a quick quiz to see how much you already know about these addiction topics. Prior knowledge is not a must, as you'll have to obtain the educational requirements anyways, but real world intimacy with the topics will put you leagues above others and make you a more effective counselor. So let's see what you've got!
Quiz Directions: Choose the correct answer for each question. When finished, press the button below the quiz to receive your grade.
1. What is the name of the prayer used by most every abstinence program?
2. Which is NOT a term for being diagnosed with a substance abuse problem and a mental illness condition at the same time?
3. Which class of drugs primarily causes perceptual disturbances in its users?
4. How many core functions are counselors accountable for?
5. What governmental privacy rule exists to protect your clients?
6. Which of the following are also types of addiction?
7. Which is NOT a job responsibility of the counselor?
8. The NIDA-5 drug screen tests for use or relapse through the collection of what?
9. What is it called when a friend or family member indirectly helps the addict use?
10. Which are basic forms of self-denial about addiction?
It's important to mention two topics before you dig into the website in depth. These have to do with the accuracy of the information provided. This does not mean that articles aren't providing information that isn't correct. It just means that every situation is unique for each individual. Let us explain. The first item is in reference to the educational requirements deemed necessary by the overseeing agencies of this profession and the second deals with acting on any advice on this website from the standpoint of a person dealing with addiction.
For the aspiring counselor, there is quite a bit of technical details to wade through in terms of education requirements. What makes this matter the most complicated is that every one of the current 50 states in the United States has it's own set of requirements you must pursue and complete before being able to serve your community as a certified addiction specialist.
Now, some of the information in our career category, such as the 12 Core Functions will never change. They are the fundamental responsibilities of the job itself. These details you can feel 100% confident that they will guide you in your job performance. However, this isn't the information you need to concern yourself with possibly being misleading. It is those that discuss items such as the degree's allowed, the certifications or licenses needed, the number of observation hours you will need before getting your official stamp from the overseeing agency of your state. It is with them that you need to confirm the exact specifics of what you will need to do before you can officially work as a chemical dependency counselor.
The next thing we need to discuss is the information provided for counselors about individual types of substances, how to deal with them as a counselor and a client, and any responsibility that might be thrusted upon our shoulders.
To put it bluntly, don't trust information on the internet without confirming it with your local medical professional. Find a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor to confirm the specifics of any information you find here. You are responsible for your actions and we cannot be held responsible for any actions taken by anyone who had previously read our content.
With that being said, the reasoning for this portion of the disclaimer is that every individual is unique. They have a unique brain chemistry, unique tolerances and thresholds, unique situations in health, life, spirituality, social support system, and any other avenue of the human condition you can consider. Every person is like a rubik's cube where many variables need to come into the proper alignment to make sure everything is safe, and to do this properly you need a medical professional to be involved.
For instance, there is an article on the "cold turkey method" of quitting the use of a specific substance. Depending on the substance of choice and the depth of the addiction, this can be very dangerous. It's not recommended to be done without the supervision of professionals in a detoxification center or at least the constant check-ups of your doctor.
These are the two portions of the disclaimer we felt was appropriate to have featured here on the homepage so everyone sees it. Please make sure you're placing your educational efforts in the right directions to meet the requirements of your state, and please don't apply any advice on ceasing addiction here without first consulting a professional! Always get a second opinion to build confidence on the information you're acting on. Best of luck, everyone!
Lastly, let's try to remember when we comment that there's another real person on the other side of the screen. We need to always be asking ourselves whether or not the next statement we post is supportive and helpful or does it detract from constructive conversation and harm someone in some way.
Like all online communities, we will not tolerate threats or insinuations of harm to another individual. It really doesn't need to be stated on this site for professionals, but anyone can come through and post comments. While we do moderate comments, as they increase in volume it'll be harder to catch everything. But when we do, the comment will be deleted and the individual banned from the website. Please keep this in mind.