What is Substance Abuse Counseling?
Addiction isn’t choosy, it will go after anyone. Regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic background, anyone can find themselves in the grasp of alcohol or drug addiction and in need of help breaking free from it to be clean and sober again. Addiction counselors assist these people when they're ready to transition from the life of an addict. Although some careers might seem like they are more prone to addiction than others, there is no one particular industry where addiction counselors find people who need their help.
The top three industries in Maine are real estate, manufacturing, and business and finance. All three of these industries are extremely demanding and therefore many who work in these industries could find themselves coping in less than healthy ways. Addiction counselors can help these people find ways to still enjoy their careers without depending on harmful substances to get through the day. But children, teens, and even stay-at-home parents could find themselves mired by addition and in need of help.
In the state of Maine, there are 3,100 people employed as addiction counselors. On average, they start out earning around $36,000 a year, but income increases with additional education, experience, and licenses. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for counselors is expected to increase between now and the year 2030. If you are interested and helping people create a healthier life by beating an addiction, then this is a career you might want to consider. Below, you will find information regarding education requirements, licensing requirements, and jobs in the addiction counseling area.
An addiction counselor works with those who are in treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction. Counselors work with both individuals and groups to help them identify their addiction triggers and create ways to avoid those triggers, as well as more healthy ways of dealing with life issues that might tempt them to return to using and abusing drugs or alcohol. Counselors create treatment plans for their clients and can work in treatment centers, outpatient clinics, agencies, or in private practice. There are several levels of addiction counselor licensure in Maine, and the levels are based mostly on education. Counselors work with a variety of people, from those who are in mandatory treatment to those who voluntarily sought treatment for recovery.