Here at the Academy, we believe that addiction counseling is a critically important profession in a fast-growing industry. It can help both former addicts and those who have never been affected by drugs, learn valuable skills that will help them not only within this industry, but also in their daily lives and careers.
Becoming a certified addiction counselor however is a rigorous process that may require between 10 and 14 months of education. That combined with hands-on work experience as well as previous institutional education is necessary to become certified. The goal, of course, is to certify those who are best able to provide a life-changing service to others in their greatest time of need.
While there is no perfect counselor personality or style, we do expect that every student have the following characteristics and capabilities:
The Academy has a wide cross-section of students just as drugs and substance abuse affects a wide swath of the population at large. Counselors can be in recovery. They can also come from a background that has never been touched by drugs – it is truly a personality driven career.
What will determine a counselor’s success is their ability to put the clients’ interests at the forefront. They must be creative in their treatment plan, while following tried-and-true practices of addiction treatment. They must build trust honestly and sincerely. All the while, they must communicate effectively with the client and family as well as their own supervisors and staff.
Addiction treatment is no easy task, but it is by every measure, rewarding.