Internships in Addiction Treatment

November 28, 2012

Internships can be a very worthwhile endeavor to pursue as you prepare to become an addiction counselor or as you consider enhancing your career. Internships are not only for those in high school or college. Rather, they can be very beneficial for those who want to break into the industry, but have not yet had an opportunity.

  • First, an internship essentially offers the management of a treatment center the ability to evaluate your skills with less risk than hiring a full-time employee. This can be very compelling for a smaller treatment centers that may not have the risk tolerance to make mistakes in human resources.
  • Second, internships offer you a way to shine brighter than other candidates and may even tell management that you’re willing to sacrifice in the short-term for your longer-term career goals. How you perform during your internship may secure you a position in the treatment center and put you on the fast-track to a better position.
  • Third, internships can accumulate work experience hours toward your certification. Whether you are looking to become a Behavioral Tech or a Certified Counselor, each certification requires a number of hands-on work experience hours. Many of our prospective students looking to become addiction counselors, have not yet met this requirement. One of the ways to do so is to apply for an internship while taking certification classes at our facility.
  • Internships can also be very valuable in learning more about the industry. Internships can tell a candidate if both the industry and the facility at which they are interning is the right fit for them. Addiction counseling can be a very rewarding career path, but it is certainly not for everyone. Similarly, each recovery facility is very different, both in style and management. Understanding these differences and knowing what to expect can help make the decision as to whether you wish to work for that particular facility on a full-time basis.

Ultimately, depending on your goals, internship can be very helpful and we hope that you use our Career Center to learn more about the addiction treatment internship opportunities available in South Florida and beyond.

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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (South Florida Location) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.