Substance Abuse Counselor Job Description

September 2, 2010 | By More

Substance Abuse Counselor Job Profile and Description

A Substance Abuse Counselor is accountable for assessing and providing treatment to individuals with emotional, mental, or substance abuse difficulties, including abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. The counselor’s job role is to help clients get out of the addiction by educating them the skills or the mechanics to deal with their addiction. Apart from counseling sessions, it is the responsibility of counselor to undertake therapy sessions for client’s family.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interviewing clients, reviewing records, and conferring with other professionals.
  • Counseling clients’ in-group or individual sessions to help them to cope with any abuse problems.
  • Counseling and helping family members to aid them in dealing with, supporting, and understanding the patient.
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and recording client progress with that of treatment goals.
  • Collaborating with nurses, physicians, and counselors to coordinate and plan treatment.
  • Modifying treatment plans depending on the progress in client status.
  • Planning and conducting programs to combat social difficulties, prevent substance abuse, or improve counseling and health.
  • Referring patients, clients, or families to community resources available for treatment or housing.
  • Supervising and directing other workers providing services to patients.

Skills and Specifications

  • Knowledge of principles, procedures, and methods for rehabilitation of mental and physical dysfunctions.
  • Strong desire to assist people suffering from drug or alcohol abuse problem.
  • Ability to gain confidence, trust and respect of the patient.
  • Ability to maintain emotional distance from patient.

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Arts or Science, Social Work, Sociology, or any related field from an accredited institution.
  • Course certification in alcohol and drug counseling from a certified college.

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