Drug counselor

Drug counselors or substance abuse counselors as they are also known have an incredible demanding job. There job is sort of a non profit community service that is inclined towards the betterment of addicts.
Drug counselors need a host of qualities firstly they should be empathetic towards there patients problems as well as being abundantly patient. An addict to any sort of substance generally requires help in various facets of his or her life. These people are also unaware and in certain conditions even in denial of there condition, and most often than not do not even know if they are eligible or for that matter how to find appropriate help for an effective drug rehab treatment.  A drug counselors job begins by firstly diagnosing them with a specific addiction and then refers them to a variety of services and places that will provide a stable atmosphere for them to combat this addiction.

Counseling sessions can be held in a one to one manner in closed door session or in a group therapy session with an open door policy, these treatment protocols are never hard and fast rules, and instead depend on each case individually. Depending on the severity of the addiction, one can choose between in-patient or out-patient drug rehabilitation. In crisis situations when they see a patient relapsing the counselor needs to be sympathetic and supportive in approach towards the situation of the addict and then give him advise or specific indications to combat the crisis situation.

Drug counselors may direct these patients towards physicians, psychiatrist, lawyers, training centers
for vocational activity or any other professional establishment depending on the kind of help they need. A drug counselor even needs to help them combat the rampant discrimination these people face while applying for jobs and services. As frustrating as the job is the success rate is relatively high, with counselor societies claiming that almost 20% of addicts can eventually return to normal social functioning and can integrate into society and a working environment. When a drug counselor achieves these goals with one his addicts and knows that he has helped a person rediscover his life outside of the addiction cycle it becomes a source of great satisfaction and pride.

Relapses however are a reality among most addicts and this stunted progress and in some cases complete failures are also a source of great anguish. Counseling sessions can be held in a one to one manner in closed door session or in a group therapy session with an open door policy, these treatment protocols are never hard and fast rules, and instead depend on each case individually. In crisis situations when they see a patient relapsing the counselor needs to be sympathetic and supportive in approach towards the situation of the addict and then give him advise or specific indications to combat the crisis situation. Most people who are drawn into this job have mostly personal reasons or deep religious beliefs.

Substance abuse counseling in itself is a very demanding job and is considered a social service in itself. The educational background one needs to become a social counselor is at least a graduate degree in arts and there after work experience in the counseling related fields. This wok experience could include anything from volunteer work or first hand addiction experiences. Generally certification is required and is provided in most states for people who want to embark on the road to this career. Associated careers and people from other fields who work closely with drug counselors are doctors, psychologists and such.