Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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Addictions Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor)

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Correctional Counselor; Substance Abuse Control Officer; Substance Abuse Control Specialist
Behavioral Health Technician; Chaplain; Chaplain Specialist; Clinical Social Worker; Correctional Counselor; Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern; Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification; Supervisory Chaplain
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What they do:
Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  • Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.



  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry

Math and Science

  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others


  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Social Orientation


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Medical software

  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EHR
  • Varian Medical Systems


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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