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COUNSELING,COUNSELORS FOR ADDICTION/ALCOHOLISM

Counseling is an art. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder specialist help people who have problems wIth alcohol, drugs, gambling, and their eating disorders. They treat individuals to help them to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction.


It can be done on an individual basis, but is frequently done in a group setting and can include crisis intervention, daily and weekly individual, or drop-in supports. Professionals are trained to assist in developing personalized recovery programs that help establish healthy behaviors and provide coping strategies.


Often, these people also work with family members who are affected by the addiction of their loved ones. Some professionals conduct programs and community outreach aimed at preventing addiction and educating the public. Professionals must be able to recognize how addiction affects the entire person and those around him or her.

Over 20 million Americans are classified with alcohol and drug dependency each year. With more than nine percent of the population seeking help and/or treatment for substance abuse, the demand for a qualified substance abuse professionals remain high.


Substance abuse professionals, also called behavioral disorder specialists, are arguably the most challenging career choice for mental health professionals. People suffering from alcohol and drug problems are likely to have other behavioral or mental health issues, and the likelihood of relapse during a person's lifelong treatment is a harsh reality.


Nevertheless, a substance abuse professional career can be rewarding, and jobs for substance abuse professionals are available in many areas:

*Half-way houses

*Homeless shelters

*Hospitals

*In/Outpatient therapy (individual or group)

*Jails and prisons

*Drug and alcohol treatment centers

*Social welfare agencies

*State and community departments

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Worldwide, substance abuse is gaining attention for the damage it does to families and communities, and the need for trained, ethical addiction and prevention professionals is growing apace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, substance abuse professionals is one of the fastest growing professions, projected to grow 20 percent by 2016.


Recent political developments in the U.S. also mean that it is a critical time for the field. Both the Affordable Health Care for America Act 2010 and President Obama's National Drug Control Strategy have the potential to transform how the profession is practiced in North America.


Setting the international standards for competency-based certification programs through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals, IC&RC; is already the largest credentialing organization in our field.


In this era of rapid change, we will continue to be the global resource for the highest standards in addiction-related health care credentialing.

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