Mental Health Careers--Substance Abuse Counselor

silhoueete of man drinking alcohol and other alcohol bottles Moving toaward a Master's degree as a Substance Abuse Counselor after earning your Psychology degree

A Psychology degree is the starting point for earning a Master's degree and then focusing on Substance Abuse Counseling. Sadly, individuals suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism, or eating disorders. These individuals may choose to see a Substance Abuse Counselor to help with their recovery as well as assist in behavior modification. 

To become focused on Substance AbuseCounseling you would first get a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. It typically takes 2 years to earn a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology--you will complete a master's thesis (research or other type of writing project). However, it is likely that during your time in graduate school you will have to pay tuition, and your opportunities to earn money as a graduate student with a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship will be limited. Once you earn your Counseling degree, you will have to pass the requirement for a state license or certification.

 Being a Substance Abuse Counselor can lead to a job at a clinic, with a non-profit organization, or with the state or local government. You might even decide to go into private practice.

Salary Information

payscale.com lists the average salary for a substance abuse counselor at $38,500.

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