Do you know drug and alcohol therapy centers’ counselors play an important role in the society? Yes, they’re important due to their significant role in ensuring the physical and mental health of communities. Nevertheless, there is shortage of counselors in therapy facilities these days.
It cannot be denied that most of us know about drug abuse but not all knows the important role of counselors in managing this problem. Statistics from the Department of Social Services show that about 40 percent of alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities wordwide have deficit supply of counselors to treat alcoholics and drug addicts. Moreover, the same holds true to other alcohol and drug therapy facilities in other states, thereby making alcohol and drug treatment an arena filled with attractive opportunities for those interested to work on this specific field. No matter how important their roles are, it is not that easy to become one because you need to comply with numerous requisites to become one.
What are the things needed to become a counselor of drug treatment centers?
Hours – For them to qualify for the certification test, they need to comply 270 hours of curriculum hours. This is a standard number of hours in most states in the United States but majority are finished online and some states require students to comply their full credits inside the classrooms. Meanwhile, the curriculum hours of a few states vary from around 150 to 300 hours.
Internship – Once students complied all academic hours, they’re instructed to be a part of an internship program to become certified. Internship programs let students interact and work with clients under the management and supervision of registered and certified counselors, thereby giving them enough experience and counseling contacts.
Subjects – Similar to academic hours, the subjects offered in schools also vary in different states but most of states demand specific subject fields including counseling skills, drug pharmacology, drug abuse prevention, and ethics.
Continuing Education – After getting accreditation, counselors are required to pursue annual continuing education to keep them abreast with the latest developments and therapy techniques in the market.
Licensing/Certification – Finally, they also need to pass the certification test of the National Association of ADA Coordinators (NAADAC) Association for Addiction Professionals.
Therapists of drug and treatment centers must complete all the requisites to be adept about drug abuse. By possessing the technical abilities and know-how, they can effectively handle alcoholics and drug addicts.