Addictions Worker: Career Diploma Summary

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Addictions workers can help people with substance abuse problems by counseling and suggesting treatment programs that can provide further assistance. People who suffer from an addiction need to know that they are not alone and that there are workers who are available to listen. Read more about this career below.
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What is an Addictions Worker?

An addictions worker who has earned a diploma and has been certified is allowed to counsel those who have an addiction, lead support groups, and find other treatment programs for those who need it.

Required Courses:

In order to become a certified addictions counselor or assistant, students must first complete a certificate program that will prepare them to deal with addiction issues and in an ethical manner. Basic courses required include:

  • Counseling skills
  • Group counseling
  • Ethics classes
  • Types of addictions

Skills Obtained:

The skills obtained from earning a diploma in order to find employment as an addictions worker will help students talk to those who are in crisis. Students will be trained in how to use the correct procedures to help people take the steps needed to change their lifestyle.

Career Related Information

Reasons to Earn a Diploma in Addiction Work:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, the need for counselors that are certified to run counseling sessions is growing. This is in part because many drug offenders who have been sent to prison are being given the opportunity to seek treatment in addition to punishment.

Salary Information:

Those who have a diploma in addictions work can expect to earn between $25,000 and $40,000 annually depending on their geographic location.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Addiction Workers Field:

This field will continue to grow as more and more people decide to talk about their substance abuse problems within groups and with counselors. Finding the help they need to get better has become a priority for many.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
      • Counseling, M.A. Online
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial & Organizational Psychology
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma & Crisis Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
    Master's
      • M.S. in General Psychology - Addictions
      • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.S. in General Psychology
      • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Educational Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
      • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Addications
      • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
      • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling

Featured Schools

Colorado Christian University

  • Counseling, M.A.
  • Counseling, M.A. Online
  • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Walden University

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling
  • M.S. in General Psychology - Addictions
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Addictions
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions

Which subject are you interested in?

Florida Tech

  • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

New England College

  • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

The Chicago School

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology
  • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program

What is your highest level of education completed?