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SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us | The Substance Abuse Counselor Resource Center

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

  • 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.

What Are We and What Do We Do?

  • Most chemical dependency 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...

How to Join the Counselor Industry

  • 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...

  • Education and Training Requirements

  • The job requirements for a person in this industry depend on many different factors including location, type of position, facility, and level of responsibility. Generally speaking, jobs requiring a degree and license will entail far more responsibility offer higher pay...
  • Certification and Licensure

  • This is a career field that has grown over the past few years with the future expected to bring more of the same. In fact, this field is expected to grow by roughly 27 percent through 2020. While this may sound like the right career path for you, there is something to remember...
  • College Degree and Higher Learning

  • State education requirements for drug treatment counselors range from a high school diploma to a Master’s degree. For some group counseling jobs, employers value personal experience over education. Past battles with addiction help counselors relate to clients and foster trust...
  • Drug Counselor Job Description

  • Working as a dedicated counselor requires patience, dedication, and a desire to help people in crisis. The job entails providing confidential counseling and support to addicts and their families. Counseling may be in group settings...

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Use the map or state list below to find the information you need.

Click Your State to View the Surrounding Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Click on the state in which you live or any state that you desire to find the substance abuse treatment centers operating within.  On every state page, you'll find the contact information for each treatment facility including the physical address, web address, and phone number.  If the map does not appear above in your browser, you should see an alphabetized table above which includes a link your desired state, also including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Washington DC area. Consider each rehabilitation center carefully for your career or treatment needs.  If certain facilities catch your interest, you can navigate to their respective websites in order to learn more.
If you're in search of treatment for yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us using the phone number below.  We are more than willing and happy to serve the community whatever way possible, free of charge. We hope you find this directory and our phone service useful and that it reduces the stress of your decision making time.  Thank you for your visit.

The Substance Abuse Counselor Resource Center




For many of us, addiction has been as much a part of our lives as the very air we breathe. Some children are literally born addicted to drugs due to pregnant mothers using. Many of us grew up watching the adults around us use illicit substances and even ask us to help them use or procure these drugs. We've watched friends, families, and significant others succumb to addiction. Many of us ourselves have been lost and trapped in this horrid landscape. But instead of ruminating over the idea of how things should have been, we're intent on releasing the past and conquering addiction for ourselves and others.


We are the people dealing with substance abuse. We are the substance abuse counselors. So then the mission becomes not “next time,” but right now. Instead of resistance, we surrender. We fight for ourselves, our immediate relationships, and society in general. We all have every right to be free from interpersonal, health, and financial hardships. This is what SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us is all about.


Our Mission Statement


SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us serves to…


    • • Act as a professional educational hub for addiction counselors, whether veterans or those wishing to or just entering the field. Our goal is to be an encyclopedia of knowledge and a people resource, connecting those in our industry to facilitate better treatment.


    • • Provide the highest quality information regarding psychological and physiological dependency, including in-depth information on the broad categories of dual diagnoses, specific substances, the cycle of addiction, and treatment modalities.


    • • Provide a comfortable and anonymous place for anyone who wishes to converse, find hope, and share their experiences with drug addiction in an supportive manner in to cope with triggers, celebrate sobriety and abstinence, or help others having a rough time.


    • • Take restorative action to eliminate the myths and stigma surrounding substance abuse, such as false ideas surrounding will power, the cause, associations with violence and crime, and others. The media sensationalizes and perpetuates misunderstanding. We provide scientific knowledge, statistics, and treatment data.


SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us will achieve this goal with the following methodology:

The Substance Abuse Counselor Action Plan


    1. 1. We will continue to raise awareness of this unique career opportunity through the development of this website and its promotion by contacting related website owners and news agencies.


    1. 2. We will continue to advance this occupation through various media channels, including the dissemination of informational text, videos, and graphics such as our first addiction infographic.


    1. 3. We will all contribute and foster positivity towards chemical dependency counseling where possible off-line, including at psychology conferences and health expositions.


    1. 4. We will help beyond the walls of our employment buildings by supporting local A.A. and N.A. meetings, providing sponsorship and lectures when possible and needed.



Thank You, Substance Abuse Counselor, for Your Part in this Adventure!


From one counselor to another, thank you for playing a part in this developing story of the people versus addiction. With our joined efforts, we will change the way our global society understands and thinks about this destructive compulsion. We will persist in supporting those in need. We will push for medical advancements in their search for a cure and responsible medicines. We will be available and ready at all times.


If you are aware of any great resources, from books, videos, websites, or any other type, please let us know. We'll be more than happy to review and add them to our resources page or alert the community with a brand new post about it. Treatment plans, support group guides and worksheets, educational videos, and others are welcomed suggestions.

Think You're Ready to Be One of Us?

Try This Quiz and See If You Know the Basics!

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?


Show me the answers!


Question 1: The correct answer is the Serenity Prayer.
Question 2: The correct answer is Codependence.
Question 3: The correct answer is Psychedelics.
Question 4: The correct answer is Twelve.
Question 5: The correct answer is HIPAA.
Question 6: The correct answer is All of the Above.
Question 7: The correct answer is Home Visits.
Question 8: The correct answer is Urine Samples.
Question 9: The correct answer is Enablin.
Question 10: The correct answer is All of the Above.
You answered them all right! Good job! You know a little something about substance abuse, don't you!

How To Use The Site

This career resource hub is a website for counselors working in the addiction, rehabilitation, and detoxification industry. It is a collection of ever-growing resources, whether text-based, video-based, image-based, etc. Every valuable piece of information is catalogued and conveniently located within the categories in the main menu at the top of every page. A description of each of these categories follows...


The Homepage is arranged as an attractive base which directs new visitors to the pages they are most likely seeking, which is the career category as explained below.


The Career category is a collection of core "pillar" articles that provide all of the information anyone could need to help them make the decision and launch a career in the substance abuse counseling field. The reader will learn about the job responsibilities, salary possibilities, educational requirements, work environments, and more.


The Addiction section houses all of the posts concerning the mechanisms, experiences, and insights surrounding addiction and it's processes. Not every counselor has been addicted themselves, and even those who have been will still benefit from being exposed to this collection of articles.

Dual Diagnosis

The Dual Diagnosis category deals with the phenomenon of addiction's relationship to other mental illnesses. Data has shown that people diagnosed with certain psychological difficulties tend to display a certain pattern of substance abuse if they do become involved. These articles prepare you by making you aware of these risks and signs if you obtain a client dealing with one of these circumstances.


The Substances section provides counselors with overviews and also in-depth details concerning different illicit drugs that they may encounter in their careers. If a client reports use of a substance that the counselor is not familiar with, they can read the relevant articles in this section and be up to speed very quickly.


The News category is for any important current happenings in the field, whether breakthrough medications, treatment modalities, or high-profile cases in the news. This category keeps counselors current and up-to-date in the field, as they should be.


The Directory features listings for every state in the United States, plus other areas. These listings feature the most current data on every facility, hospital, residential home, company offering substance abuse treatment. This is of use to counselors looking to move and obtain a new job, refer a client, or for people seeking help for themselves or a loved one.


The Resources is a constantly growing list of the best or most interesting books, videos, courses, and more. If you are maintaining a library of media for yourself, your co-workers, and clients, take a look at the items here and see if they of interest.



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.

Counseling Education Requirements


educational requirementsFor 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.

Addiction Advice On This Site


addiction puzzleTo 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!

Conversation and Comments


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.

About SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us

SubstanceAbuseCounselor.us is the premier online resource for those working in the field. Whether you are hoping to begin a career in drug addiction counseling or just need to do a little research on a specific topic, we have what you need. No client, dual diagnosis, job opportunity, or news item has gone uncovered. We are the premiere, up-to-date source for the chemical dependency counseling industry. Please bookmark us and share us with your friends using the social buttons below!

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