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Transcript of Addictions Counselor
What is an Addictions Counselor?
Addictions counselors are people who help other people overcome their alcohol, drug, gambling, and other addictions.
Here is a video on introducing Addictions Counseling.
Primary task typically consists of designing and managing a personalized recovery plan for each patient. You'll help your patients identify sources of negative behavior and understand the effects that these behaviors have on loved ones. The overall goal is to help these individuals overcome their addictions and become self-sufficient.
Average Day on the Job
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Reading mail; checking phone messages.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Addressing complaints from staff about housekeeping work in the facility; discussing other problems with the staff.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Helping the clients who are leaving the facility for the day catch the right buses.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Writing proposals for funding.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing more letters and proposals.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Overseeing a group session with the entire house; discussing everyone’s feelings and any changes to house schedules.
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Talking to clients one-on-one.
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.
By: Tatum Pecora
I will attend A&M University and major in Psychology and Addictions Counseling.
To be an Addictions Counselor you need to be:
Understanding and empathetic
Communication and listening skills
Good with people
Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Entry Wage $13.83 $28,770
Median Wage $16.83 $35,010
Experienced Wage $20.63 $42,910
A Patient and Counselor
A woman talking about her abuse with drugs and alcohol
A woman having a hard time admitting her addiction
A family in the middle of an intervention
A TV show with addictions counselors in it
The job requires for you to comfort patients