3 Signs You Might Enjoy a Career in Addiction Counseling

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Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program focuses on a range of addiction-related issues and treatment. Continue reading to learn some signs that can indicate this degree and a career in addiction counseling are the right choices for you:

You enjoy the rewards that come from hard work.

A career in addiction counseling can be a relatively difficult path and is sure to present you with challenges. However, it’s because of this that many people choose to pursue a job in this field. As a counselor in this area, you will have the opportunity to assist those who feel hopeless and enjoy the experience of helping them make progress. If you thrive on serving others and want a career that can be emotionally rewarding, then addiction counseling could be the right career for you.

You’re looking for a career with job security.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of behavioral disorder and substance abuse counselor jobs is expected to grow 22% between 2014 and 2024, meaning that opportunities in this field are expected to grow much faster than average. If this is a career that interests you, then you can benefit from knowing that the job outlook is positive.

You want a career that fosters personal growth.

Choosing a path that offers job security is a priority for many people. Addiction counseling offers this benefit with the additional advantage of promoting personal development. As you counsel others and recommend lifestyle changes that can promote their health and recovery, you may find yourself benefiting from your own advice and growing as an individual.

If you think that a career in addiction counseling could be the right path for you, then consider GCU’s Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program. To learn more about this or our online counseling programs, visit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or click the green Request More Information button at the top of this page.


  • “Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm

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