Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor Career
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors help people overcome alcohol and drug addictions as well as behavioral problems. These professionals evaluate physical and mental health, recommend treatment options, and help people develop skills to recover from addiction and behavioral problems. Counselors also work with the family members of clients to help them achieve a successful recovery.
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors educate clients about other resources and services that can be beneficial in their recovery. Many people with addiction and behavioral problems will need assistance finding a job. Referring clients to a local support group can also be helpful in the recovery process. Many counselors participate in outreach programs to help people recognize symptoms of addiction and destructive behavior.