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Welcome! You have arrived at the Substance Abuse Counselor Headquarters! Here you will find all the information you need for a career as a substance abuse counselor, including training, education requirements, qualifications needed for licensure and certification, and more! The Substance Abuse Counselor Headquarters will help you obtain the knowledge and skills needed to get where you want to be… fast!

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Substance Abuse Counselor Job Opportunities

Posted October 5th, 2014

Helping patients get over one addiction or another implies helping them cope with everyday stresses and problems. This is by far the most important factor when choosing to become a substance abuse counselor. It makes no difference what the addictive element is. Each element has specific characteristics. For example, some patients might be addicted to food, so they start eating…

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Other Substance Abuse Resources

Posted February 14th, 2014

There are many substance abuse resources for substance abuse counselors, patients, and their families. It is vital anyone seeking professional help for substance abuse is surrounded by a strong support system. For many this is family and for others it is the family they make, comprised of close friends and co-workers. No matter who is in the support system, they…

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Can E-Cigarettes Reduce Addiction?

Posted December 6th, 2013

With cigarettes costing upwards of five dollars, it is easy to spend a large amount of money smoking. And, due to addiction, many users smoke more than twenty cigarettes a day. Cigarettes contain many known carcinogens. Tobacco smoke can be detrimental to both smokers and non-smokers. If you are looking for a way to reduce addiction, you should try switching…

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Residential Treatment Facilities for Substance Abuse

Posted December 4th, 2013

Substance abuse can be alcohol or drugs. 66% of patients who check into residential treatment facilities do so for alcohol. Of the remainder, 22% are in treatment for controlled substances. It can be a very slippery slope between medicating with substances versus abusing them. Most people seek help from a residential treatment center for these problems, since it puts the…

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Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Essay

Posted December 4th, 2013

According to the DSM-IV Manual, the Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse is, in my own words, as follows:  a pattern of behavior related to alcohol that leads to substantial impairment and suffering.  This condition or pattern of behavior manifests itself in regards to any of four behaviors that occur with in a twelve-month period. Recurrent drinking of alcohol to help…

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The Prospects for New Substance Abuse Counselors

Posted August 7th, 2012

So you've decided to become a substance abuse counselor.  Great!  I just want to help make you aware of certain things in regards to the employment you'll be seeking.  Many times, people sign up for their substance abuse counseling certificates with an online program because let's face it.  It's a lot easier to do a lot of this work from…

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Welcome to the Blog!

Posted August 7th, 2012

Hey guys and gals, I just wanted to make an introductory post to the new Substance Abuse Counselor blog.  Welcome! My intention here is to give many of you who aren't already in the field but are interested some insight into what it's like to work as a substance abuse counselor.  It's an interesting field, and you will meet some…

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