Careers in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Counseling class

In Oregon, addiction professionals continue to be in high demand.
There is a shortage across the state of addiction professionals.

Alcohol and drug counselors work with individuals, families and groups that are directly impacted by the substance abuse epidemic. They help people identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction and use psychological concepts to develop treatment and prevention plans.  Counselors are the crucial link to reversing this epidemic that too often destroys jobs, families and lives.  

What will I do on the job?

As an alcohol and drug counselor, you will motivate clients to enter treatment, conduct intake interviews, write treatment plans, provide individual counseling, conduct family education, do group counseling, manage cases and keep records, make ethical decisions, use multicultural competencies, and employ gender-specific treatment methods.

What skills will I use on the job?

The Alcohol and Drug Counselor program is carefully designed to develop your skills in individual counseling, family education, group counseling, drug and alcohol treatment methods, case management, advanced counseling procedures and cross-cultural awareness.

How much can I earn?

Graduates commonly earn, on average, annual salaries between $29,000 and $52,000.

Who will hire me?

This field has been rapidly growing for several years. In the Portland area and statewide, the demand for qualified counselors has far outpaced the supply. You may find work in rural and metropolitan areas in businesses and agencies such as correctional alcohol and drug programs, medical centers, public social service agencies, rehabilitation centers, adolescent programs, older adult programs and multicultural counseling agencies and clinics.