What is Substance Abuse Counseling?
Maryland is a vital part of the East Coast. It’s home to a significant part of the Washington D.C. metro area, Baltimore, and a beautiful countryside. Unfortunately, the state is also experiencing troubles related to the national opioid epidemic. This epidemic was created when certain pharmaceutical companies encouraged the over-prescription of many highly addictive opioid pain medications. Since these drugs were distributed from pharmacies all over the country, suddenly opioid overdoses spilled over urban boundaries and into Maryland's provincial countryside.
To address the problem, the Maryland Department of Health began to license more and more addiction counseling professionals. They’ve instituted a system whereby those with an associate degree could become licensed and help those who suffer with substance abuse disorder. They also have licenses for those with bachelor’s counseling degrees to help clients who are fighting to get their lives in order. For those who wish to work in the field but haven't completed their coursework, or who are not certain that the field is for them, Maryland offers them the option to become alcohol and drug trainees who hold state credentials that may help with later licensure. Trainees can hold their credentials for only two years.
Maryland's higher educational institutions have also stepped up to help train professionals to help fight in the struggle against drug and alcohol addiction. Students can start with associate degrees in health and human services counseling from a local or online community college. Maryland's public community colleges have the required accreditation and degree programs crafted to facilitate state licensure.