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
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
    Master's
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Professional Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • 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
      • MS in General Psychology
      • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
      • DMN: Pastoral Counseling
    Master's
      • MA: Addictions Counseling
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
      • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
      • MS: Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
      • BS: Psychology: Crisis Counseling
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
      • BS: Religion: Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Walden University

    Program Options

    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
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - Addictions
      • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
      • BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
    9. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Master's
      • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

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

Which subject are you interested in?

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?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • MS in General Psychology
  • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MA: Addictions Counseling
  • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
  • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

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

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
  • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

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?