A Day in the Life of an Addiction Counselor

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The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This degree is designed for students who want to become an addiction counselor.

Graduates of this program will have the academic foundation needed to begin the process of applying for licensure or certification in their home state. After earning this master’s degree from GCU, you may be prepared to work in settings like private practice, hospitals, substance abuse clinics or your own counseling clinic. Continue reading to learn what to expect from a day in the life of a professional addiction counselor:

Who an Addiction Counselor Helps

Substance abuse and addiction are common problems in the U.S. and individuals who suffer from these issues may be affected by other physical conditions as well. This is because many addictive substances can lead to a breakdown of the human body and promote illness. Also, substance abuse can cause behavioral changes that can lead to family discord, financial struggles, joblessness, homelessness and criminal activity. An addiction counselor can help prevent these problems from developing by guiding people away from substance abuse.

What an Addiction Counselor Does

An addiction counselor first ensures that a client wants to put an end to their substance abuse habit; most people only seek the help of these professionals when they are at this point and want to help themselves recover. Addiction counselors interview clients to determine the severity of their condition and develop a counseling plan, which can involve pinpointing triggers, setting up a support network and providing guidance.

Where an Addiction Counselor Works

It’s common for substance abuse counselors to work in human and social service facilities, detention centers, schools, substance abuse rehabilitation centers and hospitals. These professionals can also choose to open their own practice.

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree can prepare you to pursue a career in professional addiction counseling. To find out more, please visit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or click the Request More Information button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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