Drugs and alcohol are unfortunately becoming a more prevalent problem in our society today. Statistics showed that there were more than 19.7 million people in America (aged 12 and older) that were suffering from a substance abuse disorder in 2017. 74% of those adults struggled with alcohol abuse, while 38% struggled with illicit drug abuse. It also revealed that one in eight adults in the United States struggled with both a drug and alcohol addiction concurrently. Of the over twenty million Americans that needed substance abuse treatment in 2017, only about 19% of them received treatment. Do we have your attention?
How can you help?
As a drug and alcohol counselor, a main part of the job is helping individuals whose lives have deteriorated due to the use of drugs and alcohol. Counseling and treatment are the building blocks to a new life for an addict. Drug and alcohol counselors have the opportunity to not only work in substance abuse centers, but also in prisons or community centers. They work with a variety of staff to come up with a plan to make the addict successful in becoming, and staying, sober. This does not just mean going through detoxification and removing the drug from the system, but also getting to the root of what is going on in the mind of the patient that is leading to the drug and alcohol use to begin with.
The Drug & Alcohol Counselor Professional Program offered by Ed4Career presents students the opportunity to learn the basics of drug and alcohol addiction, the different substances that are abused, who is most likely to be affected by addiction, as well as how to help with treatment and counseling. An advantage to this program is the abnormal psychology course which allows an insight into psychological disorders and how they contribute to addiction. You will learn how to identify different substance abuse disorders and what causes these diseases and also be able to work with a team to come up with a treatment plan for a client.
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At Ed4Career, we offer a variety of courses on drug and alcohol counseling. The Drug & Alcohol Counselor Professional Program provides a bundle of courses including Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2 and Abnormal Psychology. Upon successful completion of our Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1 and Level 2 courses, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for licensing and credentialing exams. Each state has its own regulations, so please check with your state to ensure that you obtain the credentials needed for a career in this field.