The job of an addictions counselor involves examining the problems of substance abuse patients, suggesting possible behavioral changes that the patients should undergo to solve the problems and helping health practitioners, including psychiatrists and doctors in the treatment of the patients. Among the possible solution to substance abuse that the counselor may apply is advising the patients to join support groups and sensitizing them on the risks associated with substance abuse, as well as the benefits of quitting substance abuse.
Educational qualifications of an addictions counselor ranges from a high school diploma to masters degree, depending on the state in which a person intends to work. However, completing the masters degree is mandatory for the counselors who wish to build their own client bases and work privately.
Upon completion of the masters degree, the private counselor should get licensed by his state and update his career knowledge and skills by completing yearly causes. To get the license, the counselor should pass a test. However, different states may have different licensing qualifications.
On top of the educational requirements, addictions counselors should possess essential skills for substance abuse counseling such as proper listening and talking skills to excel in their career. They should also be able to empathize with their patients.