Substance Abuse Counselor Profession
Winston Salem State University
Substance Abuse as defined by DuPont (1997) is as follows” drug addiction or alcoholism and other times referred to more generally as chemical dependency” (The Selfish Brain Learning from Addiction, p. xix). Substance abuse has been identified as a meaningful social problem. The extent of substance abuse and its consequences demand ways to seek effective ways of intervention, prevention, and treatment for individuals, along with monitoring the cost to society as associated with alcohol, drugs, and perhaps other drugs. Although the use of drugs is down from the mid-1980s, it is a ...view middle of the document...
The history for the Substance Abuse Counselor is as follows, there was a concept of the “wounded healer” that began with the Native Americans as early as the 18th century; the Temperance Movement in America thrived during this time in our history, promoting abstinence specifically of alcohol, which led to the passing of Prohibition laws (www.ehow.com/facts).
Substance Abuse Counselors address client addiction, however most Substance Abuse Counselors are on one accord that the psychological aspect of addiction is their greatest amount of difficulty in the direction of treatment for the client. Through research the reason for the Substance Abuse Counselor is as follows; “According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that, in 2006, 23.6 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. While not all seek treatment, those who do comprise 9% of the U.S. population, creating a high demand for dedicated, and compassionate substance abuse counselors” (www.allpsychologycareers.com). One would say that there is a great need for the SAC, and there are multi-roles, along with functions such as, LCAS, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, CCS, Certified Clinical Supervisor, along with the CSAPC, Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. The four fundamental theories of the SAC are, addiction issues that disrupt the lives of clients, a process of treatment recovery, maintenance issues with a lack of a support system which may contribute to the problem, along with the ability to provide professional management needed to assist the addict with their drug- abuse, and abstinence. The practice of a certified substance abuse counselor consists of twelve core functions they include screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, report and record keeping, consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment and services, and referral to treat addictive disorder or disease and help prevent relapse (www.ncsappb.org).
The education requirements for a CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor are a documentation of high school graduation, completion of GED, Baccalaureate or advanced degree. Substance Abuse Counselors also are required to have a master’s degree, and obtain a state license.
“To have full certification, the registered and substance abuse counselor intern has a total of five...