A Certified Alcohol and Counselor is a trained professional who works with addicts to help them better understand and overcome their addictions.  A CADC meets with clients to create treatment plans, assists with finding jobs and provides updates to courts.  They also set up aftercare plans, refer clients to support groups and lead group therapy sessions.  

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Skills required:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including customer service, patience, empathy and compassion
  • Effective communication skills including active listening, writing, speaking and reading comprehension
  • Good collaboration and teamwork skills

Employers: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors may include non-profit and for-profit healthcare providers, government entities and non-profit organizations that provide counseling services.

Education: This program is recommended for individuals who are currently employed by or volunteering in an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation facility and wish to become certified as a substance abuse counselor. Students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by The Certification Board, Inc.

Job Outlook: A recent issue of U.S. News & World Report ran an article, “The 100 Best Jobs” wherein it ranked jobs according to salary and employment potential. Substance Abuse Counseling ranked as #38 in the nation and #22 in the category of “Best Health Jobs.”

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