A Day in the Life of an Addiction Counselor
How do you cope with stressful situations? Taking a break, exercising, or watching an episode of your favorite show could be helpful. With more important matters, maybe you need a friend or family member to listen. Knowing you aren't alone could be a key factor in getting your life back on track. That's why addiction counseling technicians (also known as addiction counselors) like me put our hearts into our work.
Where Does an Addiction Counselor Typically Work?
My day starts at the local hospital, but I have friends who are employed by private practices, schools, and prisons. I can't tell you exactly what my typical day at work is like because every client is so unique. Some clients begin to feel like they are recovering just by talking with me weekly. Others require individualized treatment plans or assistance with mending their personal relationships. Whether I am writing reports, communicating with medical professionals to get my clients the right treatments, or being a shoulder to cry on, I know I am playing an important role in others' recoveries.
There has long been a stigma surrounding seeking guidance for mental health issues. However, society's attitudes are now changing. With more and more individuals stepping forward to seek help, the need for addiction counseling technicians is rising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the number of positions for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors will grow by 22% between 2018 and 2028.1 Ohio is in particularly desperate need of new counselors, as it had the second highest number of opioid-related deaths in the nation in 2017 and the fourth-highest the following year.2 Fortunately, Stautzenberger College offers an online program that could have you ready for your new profession helping others in as little as nine months.
How to Become an Addiction Counselor
To learn more about Stautzenberger College's diploma program, call 888.859.8225 or submit the Request Information form online. With financial aid options available to those who qualify, as well as a career services team who could connect you with your next employer, it's a great place to earn your diploma. Don't hesitate—learn how you could make an impact in your community today!
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-beh... (visited August 2, 2020).
2 Opioid Summaries by State. (2020, April 16). National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved August 2, 2020 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state
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