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The Main Responsibilities of Substance Abuse Counselors

Substance abuse counselors are trained professionals who help people with drug and alcohol problems. They listen to the client, identify their needs, discuss options for treatment, and create a recovery plan. Substance abuse counselors are experts in their field of study and typically have a master’s degree or higher in clinical psychology or social work.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the many responsibilities of substance abuse counselors. 

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5 Challenges of Being a Substance Abuse Counselor

It’s still hard for people to talk about addiction recovery without judgment or stigma. However, with increased awareness of mental health issues, more people are starting the dialogue surrounding addiction recovery. Unfortunately, addiction can often be difficult to treat due to these entrenched prejudices—which is why counselors play such an important role in helping those affected get back on their feet and lead healthy lives.  

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What is a Substance Abuse Counselor?

Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem that continues to plague society. Consequently, there is a high demand for people to work with those who suffer from addiction and related mental health issues. Substance abuse counselors ensure these people get the help they need. 

During the pandemic, emergency calls rose by 40%, and 42 states experienced increases in overdose deaths. As the opioid crisis continues to impact communities across the country, demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to grow, with a 22% job growth outlook from 2021 to 2031

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