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. 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
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
      • Counseling, M.A. Online
    Bachelor's
      • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
      • 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
      • Master in Christian Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
    Master's
      • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. South College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      • BS Health Science (Post PTA)
      • BS Health Science
      • BS Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy)
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Health Science
      • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Nursing
      • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Pharmacy
      • AS Health Science
      • AS Health Science (Pre-Pharmacy)
      • AS Health Science (Pre-Nursing)
    Certificate
      • CERT Computed Tomography
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    7. CDI College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma in Addictions & Community Services Worker
      • Diploma in Addictions Recovery for Youth and Families
      • Diploma in Assistance in Health Care Facilities - Assistance la Personne en tablissement de Sant
      • Diploma in Health Care Aide
      • Diploma in Health Care Assistant
      • Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing Sant, Assistance et Soins Infirmiers
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Walden University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - Addictions
      • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
      • BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Iowa City, IA

    University of Iowa

  • Detroit, MI

    Wayne State University

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Addictions
  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor: Health and Wellness

Which subject are you interested in?

Colorado Christian University

  • Counseling, M.A.
  • Counseling, M.A. Online
  • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MS in Addiction Counseling
  • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Addications
  • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

What is your highest level of education?

South College

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Science in Health Science
  • CERT Computed Tomography

What is your highest level of education completed?

CDI College

  • Diploma in Addictions & Community Services Worker
  • Diploma in Addictions Recovery for Youth and Families
  • Diploma in Assistance in Health Care Facilities - Assistance la Personne en tablissement de Sant

What year did you graduate high school?

Walden University

  • BS in Psychology - Addictions
  • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
  • BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?