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Transcript of Addictions Counselor
What is an Addictions Counselor?
Addictions counselors help people overcome alcohol, drug, gambling, and other addictions.
Meet with clients to assess the extent of their addictions
Develop treatment plans or refer clients to recovery programs
Counsel, support, and encourage clients through the recovery process
Monitor clients’ progress and write reports
Educate the public on addiction prevention
There is no one way to get into the field of addictions counseling. However, to increase your chances of getting a job in this field (and to earn higher wages), you should have formal training in addictions counseling. Bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degree programs in this area are offered at a number of colleges. Shorter certificate programs are also available; students who enroll in these programs often already have a bachelor’s degree in a related area, such as psychology or social work.
Understanding and empathetic
Communication and listening skills
Good with people
Career Portals: Final Exam
Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Entry Wage $13.83 $28,770
Median Wage $16.83 $35,010
Experienced Wage $20.63 $42,910
Sample Job Application
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for addictions counseling
Dress for Success
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When I was in the 7th grade, I became interested in acting. This interest carried on into the 8th grade, and that was when I first auditioned for a play. 7th grade year I was in one, but I didn’t audition, so I was an alternate for one of the lead actors. So in my 8th grade year I auditioned for the lead, knowing it was a big thing to consider, but I loved acting so much I just had to try. So come a week later after the audition, I was told I had gotten the lead, the part I wanted originally. I was so excited, I was determined to read the entire script, and I did. About a month went by of constant practicing, then come the day of competition everyone gave it their all. Judging came, then a man announced the awards. I had gotten best actress, and I remember I was so excited to receive the award. Now with my experience, I hope to win the same title next year, and then on.
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