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elijahjoshua9

34 months ago

well how would I explain the first encounter with group, something like love. when you fall in love for the first time or become attracted to someone, you are afraid. You believe they will reject you won't except you. You get all nervous and your hands sweat and you can't hardly breathe only to find out they are attracted to you as well. Karma. Group is Karma. If your hope is to reach addicts in their addiction and your intentions are noble, you will overcome fear of rejection, the fear of the unknown, and the fear of self in all of its insecurity. And time and practice makes all of us better. the God of creation will help to grow in the relationship called group

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Chandra in Norristown, Pennsylvania

34 months ago

Hey u guys.....

C.A.S.A.C's (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors) in NY make good money ($45,000) without have a degree. They do 350 hours of educational studies (about 8 to 9 mos) and 6000 work hours to certify. U can even work as a Casac-T (in training) which just the educational requirements under your belt for a little less because NY will always be in need of _ounselors. Counselors are respected in NY even though the cost of living is high there, u can maintain. Go and get a bachelors or a Masters in Social Work and you can make up to $20,000 more and run a facility.

Both my bros live in NY, they r past users, went to college, earned their C.A.S.A.C. certifications and both run facilities now. This is not a rarity.

I think the key is finding a state where you are valued. Usually a large city.

Hope this helps.

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klott86 in Greenville, South Carolina

34 months ago

Well, I'm about to move for my counselor position where I'll be making 40k a year and I'm not a licensed counselor yet, all I have is a BSW in social work...so I consider myself really lucky and I can't wait to get started in this career

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Shelley in Henderson, Texas

34 months ago

klott86 in Greenville, South Carolina said: Well, I'm about to move for my counselor position where I'll be making 40k a year and I'm not a licensed counselor yet, all I have is a BSW in social work...so I consider myself really lucky and I can't wait to get started in this career

That's great! So, are you applying for your CI status?

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klott86 in Greenville, South Carolina

34 months ago

Shelley in Henderson, Texas said: That's great! So, are you applying for your CI status?

Yeah, I hope so...my new job is going to give me time to get it...but I have to look up the state's licensing requirements to see what's required before I try for them.

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carriej11 in Louisville, Kentucky

33 months ago

[I am student pursuing a masters in Addiction counseling and want to know what cities are the best to help further my career as well as career move?

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AJoMeyer in Phoenix, Arizona

32 months ago

Out of curiosity, how common is it to become a Substance Abuse Counselor with never having experience drugs themself?

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Eli2011 in Palmdale, California

32 months ago

Hello everyone I'm new to this page
I am recently going to start my career on substance abuse
Counselor ? looking at all these comments about salary
And how expensive school loans are ? I'm indicicive and scared that
That I won't be able to find a job out here in California !
Can anyone sujest anything or give me hope ??

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T

32 months ago

AJoMeyer in Phoenix, Arizona said: Out of curiosity, how common is it to become a Substance Abuse Counselor with never having experience drugs themself?

Well, from my experience, about 2/3 of my co-workers are in recovery. For myself I am not an addict nor in recovery, but I did have a brief perioud of life that I did experiment. So, from my experience in the field and life in general it is extremely rare to meet anyone who has zero experience with drugs. BUT, I did go to school with a girl who was becoming a counselor that had zero intention of ever trying any drugs because she lost her father from an overdose.

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AJoMeyer in Phoenix, Arizona

32 months ago

T said: Well, from my experience, about 2/3 of my co-workers are in recovery. For myself I am not an addict nor in recovery, but I did have a brief perioud of life that I did experiment. So, from my experience in the field and life in general it is extremely rare to meet anyone who has zero experience with drugs. BUT, I did go to school with a girl who was becoming a counselor that had zero intention of ever trying any drugs because she lost her father from an overdose.

Thank you so much:)

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elijahjoshua9 in Bakersfield, California

31 months ago

Having drug offenses and traffic tickets will not hurt you in becoming a drug counselor. I was on drugs for 16 years and on felony probation for 3years and on parole for 4 years got of parole in 2000. Went to school in 2003,and I have been a counselor since 2004: I'm now a Licensed Advance Alcohol Drug Counselor for the state of California, God said your gift will make room for you and nothing to hard for God, If it's your calling to do this work doors will be opened up trust and believe.

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Discarded_but_never_DIsmissed in Las Vegas, Nevada

28 months ago

Hello, I am a recovering-addict myself and also a multiple convicted felon. I very recently decided to pursue a career in the field of Substance-Abuse; After all, is not the therapeutic value of one addict helping another without parallel? :) I have been clean for over 3 years solid now, after a decade of crack cocaine addiction, and recently took a State Certification test online purely for fun, with absolutely no study or preparation. Mostly,I wanted to see if a decades worth of AA, NA, and group sessions had educated me in any way, lol. Well, I passed 98%.....I then contacted a local college about what is termed a "Life-experience Degree" and discovered I qualified for two Doctorate degrees (instantly), but really only had the requisite knowledge for pursuing one: PhD in Counselors Studies. As a felon, a degree is nice (and required in many states), But I am wondering if a 5x convicted felon (no violence) can gain State-level certification? Specifically, in Oregon or, (yuck) Nevada. LOL

Thank you for your responses,
Discarded_but_NEVER__dismissed

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wmercado1327@hotmail.com in New York, New York

28 months ago

Chandra in Norristown, Pennsylvania said: Hey u guys.....

C.A.S.A.C's (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors) in NY make good money ($45,000) without have a degree. They do 350 hours of educational studies (about 8 to 9 mos) and 6000 work hours to certify. U can even work as a Casac-T (in training) which just the educational requirements under your belt for a little less because NY will always be in need of _ounselors. Counselors are respected in NY even though the cost of living is high there, u can maintain. Go and get a bachelors or a Masters in Social Work and you can make up to $20,000 more and run a facility.

Both my bros live in NY, they r past users, went to college, earned their C.A.S.A.C. certifications and both run facilities now. This is not a rarity.

I think the key is finding a state where you are valued. Usually a large city.

Hope this helps.

This is all good, but from my current experience, I could tell you, that I've been working in the field for 5yrs, and recently got my N.Y.S. CASAC Credential. I have been seeking for a counseling position for the last 4 1/2 Months, without an offer of employment. Agencies are now resulting to interviewing prospective counselor in groups of 3, 6, and 12 candidates at a time. This was unheard of a few years ago. This most be a new hiring strategy, to save them time, but anyway, I have experience, my CASAC, and no job offer yet. Besides a lot of agencies are requiring that prospective counselor have a college degree in addition to their CASAC Credential. Personally I think this is an issue that most people to take to OASAS, and let them know that lacking a degree now, in this field is hindering the recovering addicts opportunity for a livelihood, in addition to jeopardizing their personal recovery, if they can't integrate employment into their process of personal, long term recovery. Sincerely William Mercado/CASAC.

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wmercado1327@hotmail.com in New York, New York

28 months ago

This is all good, but from my current experience, I could tell you, that I've been working in the field for 5yrs, and recently got my N.Y.S. CASAC Credential. I have been seeking for a counseling position for the last 4 1/2 Months, without an offer of employment. Agencies are now resulting to interviewing prospective counselor in groups of 3, 6, and 12 candidates at a time. This was unheard of a few years ago. This most be a new hiring strategy, to save them time, but anyway, I have experience, my CASAC, and no job offer yet. Besides a lot of agencies are requiring that prospective counselor have a college degree in addition to their CASAC Credential. Personally I think this is an issue that most people to take to OASAS, and let them know that lacking a degree now, in this field is hindering the recovering addicts opportunity for a livelihood, in addition to jeopardizing their personal recovery, if they can't integrate employment into their process of personal, long term recovery. Sincerely William Mercado/CASAC.

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e

28 months ago

Wow. 45k in ny without a degree? In nc, I make 47k, which is about average wth 6 years experience, but that's only because I have 2 masters and I'm. A licensed clinical addictions specialist (lcas). Clinicians with a BA and a certification make anywhere from 28k to 32k here! I suppose there is a cost of living differential, but wow!

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Discarded_but_never_DIsmissed in Las Vegas, Nevada

28 months ago

JOHN in Oceanside, California said: [i THINK IT IS EASY, JUST RELAX AND TALK,..THATS IT BASICALLY.

QUOTE who="Kelcey"]I would like to know if there are any substance abuse counselors in Oregon out there on the forum. I am an older single mom, trying to go back to school and carve out a career for myself at the age of 48. I have finished two years of my education and have now been offered an internship to do hours toward certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. I have been through several treatment programs myself. Now I am nervous. What is it like to lead your first group? What was it like to sit in on your first group as an intern?

The same as it was when you were the patient, instead of the counselor.... :P

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Discarded_but_never_DIsmissed in Las Vegas, Nevada

28 months ago

e said: Wow. 45k in ny without a degree? In nc, I make 47k, which is about average wth 6 years experience, but that's only because I have 2 masters and I'm. A licensed clinical addictions specialist (lcas). Clinicians with a BA and a certification make anywhere from 28k to 32k here! I suppose there is a cost of living differential, but wow!

When you pay $1200 a month for a studio,(if your lucky!).... That would affect the prevailing wage I would imagine :P
Never having been to NY I can only offer conjecture, however ...LOL

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johnnyboy in Oceanside, California

28 months ago

I am confused, are you happy- what are you making,? What level of education do you have?

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johnnyboy in Oceanside, California

28 months ago

Is there anyone out there, CAADAC who would like to discuss opening a facility for youth with Substance abuse issues, creating from scratch, in California, I am ready to go. Let me know.

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allendw24@aol.com in Arlington, Texas

28 months ago

Dino in Rochester, Minnesota said: Congrats C.N. Where are you doing your internship at ?

Hello everyone, my name is Allen and lives in Arlington TX working on my Masters in Addiction Counseling. Just 10 weeks away from doing my 300 hour practicum. I plan on moving back to Oklahoma City to do my 2000 hour intern under supervision and hopefully make a small living in counseling. I am getting ready to retire after 30 years in the auto industry. So this will be a second career for me. Does anyone know what interns make in Oklahoma area? Also have anyone taken the State test Alcohol and Drug exam and how hard is it.
Al.

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Maggie in Salt Lake City, Utah

27 months ago

Does anyone know how much you make for being a substance abuse counselor in Utah? And how long do you have to go to school for to be able to get a job?

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Bill in Yucca Valley, California

26 months ago

Host said: What are typical substance abuse counselor salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

I've worked as an addictions counselor for 12 years. I have a MS in Health Psy, am a Certified Clinical Supervisor and earn 72k per year.

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William Mercado in Bronx, New York

26 months ago

Wow, fantastic, but I don't have a college degree which is what makes it difficult for me to obtain, a better paying position in the field. I have my CASAC credential, and 6yrs of experience as a clinical counselor. What I noticed was that most agencies now are looking for people with a college degree, to work as a primary counselor. This is taking away from recovering "addicts" who're choosing to enter VESID, funded programs for their CASAC TRAINEE certification, to become gainfully employed and sustain their ongoing personal recovery, because employment is the cornerstone of recovery, right?
Now who's addressing this issue? no one? Anyway this is my concern, that the requirement for a college degree is creating an obstacle for people seeking employment in the field.

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Bill in Yucca Valley, California

26 months ago

I fully support the trend towards licenure (which includes advanced degrees). Employment may be a cornerstone of recovery, however working as a counselor should not be "part" of your recovery. Working with counselors who both are and are not in recovery, I would say neither is favorable over the other. Sometimes being in recovery may hinder working with others. For example, if the counselor takes an approach of "I did it like this, you can also..." that way not address cultural difference (just one example). Similarly, some not in recovery may have a belief of "just stop.". I liken it to expecting all gynecologist to be female or that only male doctors should work with men.

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Bill in Yucca Valley, California

26 months ago

William Mercado in Bronx, New York said: Wow, fantastic, but I don't have a college degree which is what makes it difficult for me to obtain, a better paying position in the field. I have my CASAC credential, and 6yrs of experience as a clinical counselor. What I noticed was that most agencies now are looking for people with a college degree, to work as a primary counselor. This is taking away from recovering "addicts" who're choosing to enter VESID, funded programs for their CASAC TRAINEE certification, to become gainfully employed and sustain their ongoing personal recovery, because employment is the cornerstone of recovery, right?
Now who's addressing this issue? no one? Anyway this is my concern, that the requirement for a college degree is creating an obstacle for people seeking employment in the field.

Oh - you should have no problem gaining employment as a counselor with a level II state certification (reciprical). We have passed over individuals with degrees because the did not have appropriate state certs.

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Shanna in Norfolk, Virginia

26 months ago

While I understand your plight William, I agree with Bill in Yucca Valley. Those who are in recovery should have to gain advanced education just like the rest of us. I liken it to a derelict/bum on the street who eventually gets housing/employment. U may have your personal experiences to relate but where is the educational background that comes from studies and experts. Unfortunately, the only thing that proves knowlegde is knowledge itself.

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Doreen in Brooklyn, New York

26 months ago

I am a Substance Abuse Counselor who went through a program 21 years ago.
I have remained abstinent for 21 years but did not want to be a counselor immediately after graduating the program I attended. I started off as a receptionist in a law firm, worked my way up to a legal secretary and then a paralegal. I was employed as a paralegal for 13 years in private industry until 2001 when I lost my job due to downsizing. For thirteen years while working as a paralegal, I did not have a degree of any kind. I was lucky because I worked my way up within. However, after 911 and the loss of employment, I attempted to look for work elsewhere in other firms. I had no luck because I was competing with Bachelor and Master degree students. Frustrated, I decided to go to college. I applied for government services aka welfare and was told I could go to college for 2 years while on welfare. I decided to do just that. At the time I was a single parent raising 6 kids. It was a sacrifice believe me. After obtaining my Associates degree in Criminal Justice, I decided to continue on for my Bachelor degree. I decided to change my concentration from Criminal Justice to Forensic Psychology (study of the abnormal mind) It took me four additional years to obtain this degree but in the end, I did it. I graduated with a GPA of 3.5 at the age of 42 years old. I minored in addiction studies which satisfied my 350 school hours and obtained a CASAC T. I decided that I would use it to work as a counselor and was hired immediately as a Substance Abuse Counselor on my first interview. Within my first year of working there, I applied for the stated CASAC exam and and passed it. My income went up 10 thousand dollars. So yes, get the degree. With the degree and the CASAC, you will be making a nice income. I am still raising 3 children out of the 6 and they are now teens. So the income hike was needed. Take the time out to take some classes per night at least 2 per week.

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Doreen in Brooklyn, New York

26 months ago

carriej11 in Louisville, Kentucky said: [I am student pursuing a masters in Addiction counseling and want to know what cities are the best to help further my career as well as career move?

New York City

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Bill in Yucca Valley, California

26 months ago

Doreen in Brooklyn, New York said: New York City

Im not sure what you mean by "best city." A city not great for one or many, might be PERFECT for you. However, try this site: www.careeronestop.org/. You can search careers in specific states and cities. It also provides mean incomes. (if that helps). Again, not sure what "best" means. I once thought California wouldn't be a good place because counselors are a "dime a dozen.". However, this is where I ended up and I love it. I would look at the big picture (e.g. Cost of living, and other factors that I'm interested in). Lower pay isn't bad if your cost of living is low. Also, look at the state addiction certification sites. They often have job listings (you can also post your resume). Here is the one for California: www.caadac.org/

Also, check out IC&RC at internationalcredentialing.org/aadcPR. They also have job listings. I'm not saying join every organization (that can get expensive). However, membership may give you that much more to put on a resume.

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ellen4leo in Romeoville, Illinois

26 months ago

T said: ekh in Moses Lake, Washington:

I am a LADC who is not in recovery. I have been open with clients about this and simply explain no one gets into this field without having had drugs/alcohol effect their life. I also feel I am younger for this career, 27. So, at times I have felt a double whammy for myself; not in recovery and younger. But, I feel since I have been open with clients and am really sincere that I am there to help them discover a life that can be better I have not had major problems. There are the occasionally moments when a client does not mesh, but I feel like even if I would have been in recovery it would have not mattered. It really is going to come down to the person you are working with.

Im glad Im no alone. I too finished my MS addiction counseling last year in IL and still not certified, and cannot find a job. I am in late 50s not a recovering addict either, just want to get in the field and help people. Hope I can get a job through our community counseling center. Good luck!

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Bill in Redlands, California

26 months ago

On rare occasions my drinking behaviors (I don't and haven't since 1986 - no reason, just don't drink) come up. When that happens, it's normally the client asking or saying (in their own way) "I want to know you understand" or something similar. Remember, it's about the client not you. I've seen many counselors in recovery bring their stuff into a clients care. Sometimes, it appears more about that counselors stuff versus the client. I recommend a counselor always asking themselves "What value does this have for the CLIENT" before doing a self-disclosure.

Bottom line - drug or alcohol history not required. Caring - required.

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roueche in Eureka, California

25 months ago

Hippychar in Rapid City, South Dakota said: I need help, I live in south Dakota, I am half way done getting my bachelors degree in psychology with a concentration on substance abuse, I would like to be a drug and alcohol counselor in a school I do not know where to start can anyone help me? In the future I would like to live in new Hampshire and work in a school out there if there is anyone that can help me get on the right track that would be very helpful. Thank you.

I recommend finding a site to do hours that your school approves of. As well as a school that provides hour in a clinical setting. Hours logged are the key to certification and licensure after receiving a degree. You can go to college and do the hours there if you are an on campus student.

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Walt in Yucca Valley, California

25 months ago

Have you looked at your state certification board site? I think this is the link: dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealthservices/licensingboards/board_ada.asp

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Diana in Brooklyn, New York

25 months ago

How did youd gewt your CASAC credentials? I have a BA in Psych and MA in Forensic Psych and have no idea what to do with it.

William Mercado in Bronx, New York said: Wow, fantastic, but I don't have a college degree which is what makes it difficult for me to obtain, a better paying position in the field. I have my CASAC credential, and 6yrs of experience as a clinical counselor . What I noticed was that most agencies now are looking for people with a college degree, to work as a primary counselor. This is taking away from recovering "addicts" who're choosing to enter VESID, funded programs for their CASAC TRAINEE certification, to become gainfully employed and sustain their ongoing personal recovery, because employment is the cornerstone of recovery, right?
Now who's addressing this issue? no one? Anyway this is my concern, that the requirement for a college degree is creating an obstacle for people seeking employment in the field.

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roueche in Eureka, California

25 months ago

U need more hours for license. Then u take exam in your state. Gain hours which could be a paid position. the veteran admin is always a good place to start. Also join caadc and register as an intern

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Bill in Yucca Valley, California

25 months ago

The idea is to raise the standard of counselors in the field, not keep them static. Being in recovery does not make an individual any more qualified to counsel than a woman being a qualified OBGYN because she had a baby. In addition to dealing with addiction, more and more clients present with serious co-occurring disorders. The science of addiction is growing and cases are more complex (case mangement etc).

That said, I've never had a job as an addictions counselor where they required me to have a degree. They required I be certified at a level II. I could hold my current position with my certificatios only. To make myself more competative for future positons (director) and to provide my clients with better service, I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degree (pursuing my doctoral). Coversely, I have seen "counselors" with degrees who couldn't counsel their way out of a paper bag... ok, that doesn't make sense but, you get the idea.

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ThomasS. Wisniewski in Ione, California

24 months ago

I have worked with addicted inmates for the Department of Corrections for almost 19 years. My job now is lead grounds 1 and I run a crew of inmates taking care of a California Correctional training facility. Every week after our work day the topic goes to addiction. My new Bachelors in Psychology with a focus on chemical dependency hangs next to my desk in my State grounds shop. The only rehabilitation program I have seen in the department of corrections in California has been my work incentive program. My plan is to somehow get my intern hours in the next 14 months and take my state safety retirement become certified and work as a counselor. My mini resumes sent to all the hard drug rehabs driving distance from my job in Galt and home in Ione have yet to produce a evening ,weekend and some holiday intern opportunities to obtain my hours. If I cannot intern for some money I will have to try to get into some kind of mental health position as with a family of 4 two teenagers I cannot work for free.The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has failed to rehabilitate convicted addicts for years. I have seen prisoners on my crew return threw the revolving door again and again. And word of new paroled overdoses has gotten back to me more than one time. Reality will dictate my future.Thomas S. Wisniewski Ione California

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LADC1234

20 months ago

My advice is to not waste your time getting an LADC. I am in CT and have a LADC, which requires a masters degree, 6000 work hours, written case, written exam and oral presentation of case. However, it is becoming a worthless license. Even some substance abuse specific programs only want an LCSW. LCSWs don't necessarily have training in substance abuse, but that is the golden license. There is no grandfathering so after over 20 years in the field you are expected to go back to school for a LCSW or LPC. So you can then have a job working evenings, with lousy pay and get treated terribly by the people you work for. Also work by yourself with people with serious criminal histories and severe mental health issues. Be expected to work with 20 people in group therapy only, and solve their all their problems. And work lots of extra hours for which you will never get comp time. Don't get me wrong, I love working with clients. But you're expected to do too much with too little,for low pay, while sacrificing time with your family. And to top it off, you will be told by your employer, and some clients that you are not doing a good enough job. If you go into any helping profession you really have to take care of yourself. Some may say this is just negative, but it is just reality. It is wonderful helping people, but instead of supporting those of us committing ourselves to helping others, we are used and abused and thrown away when the agency loses it's funding.

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NINA_SANDIEGO in Lawrence, New York

20 months ago

Hello there 2 all, I received my CASAC-t certificate towards the end of 2010, did a 4 month internship during that pursuit. I had some personal health issue to attend to when I completed my internship. Months later after recovering, I went back to counseling center to see if I could get back in that particular center to no availability, the reason being are not currently hiring for funding reasons, but they said they would give positive recommendation. I have applied here on INDEED.com for well over a year and I haven't received any responses.

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Corsaire1985 in Reno, Nevada

19 months ago

Hello, I am about to transfer a degree program for my AAS in addiction Studies in Oregon. This course by design fully prepares one to sit for the OR licensure and certification exam, and as part of this process provides for practicum referral. One of the caveats for this is that one must not be on probation/parole when beginning practicum, or the school will not refer you to a facility for the practicum. That being said, does anyone know of a person ever completing a practicum while on supervision? Or even finding a facility to do their practicum w/out the university's referral? I am scheduled to be off probation for my marijuana offense in 2015 but my practicum begins in 2014... I have been clean for over 5 years, just have an extremely long probation sentence :( I honestly dont know what to do since I am already 2 semesters into my degree and just found out about this as I was getting set to transfer to a better school. :(

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J.R. Gonzalez in Phoenix, Arizona

17 months ago

Does anyone know if someone with a felony background(all drug related, no violence, or anything with children)can work as a substance abuse counselor in Phoenix, AZ?

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joseph

15 months ago

Chandra in Norristown, Pennsylvania said: Hey u guys.....

C.A.S.A.C's (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors) in NY make good money ($45,000) without have a degree. They do 350 hours of educational studies (about 8 to 9 mos) and 6000 work hours to certify. U can even work as a Casac-T (in training) which just the educational requirements under your belt for a little less because NY will always be in need of _ounselors. Counselors are respected in NY even though the cost of living is high there, u can maintain. Go and get a bachelors or a Masters in Social Work and you can make up to $20,000 more and run a facility.

Both my bros live in NY, they r past users, went to college , earned their C.A.S.A.C. certifications and both run facilities now. This is not a rarity.

I think the key is finding a state where you are valued. Usually a large city .

Hope this helps.

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Selfless in Brooklyn NY in Brooklyn, New York

15 months ago

I acquired my CASAC T while in college for my Bachelors in Forensic Psychology. I took Addiction Studies as a minor which qualified me for the 350 Educational hours. (killed two birds with one stone) Then I became a substance abuse counselor in a woman and children in patient drug treatment facility. You need 6000 work hours to obtain the CASAC Certification. but if you have a Bachelors degree then you only need 4000 hours and you have to pass the test. If you pass the test and have less than 4000 or 6000 hours, then you will be considered CASAC eligible. You will not get the Certificate until fulfill the work hour requirement. Unfortunately I didn't pass the first time. I failed by 8 points and had to wait 60 days until I could take it again. After studying this time, I passed but was short 1 thousand work hours. I no longer work in treatment facility. the job i have now is not an OASIS based employer. SO I'm stuck at CASAC eligible. :(

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joseph edwards in Bronx, New York

15 months ago

J.R. Gonzalez in Phoenix, Arizona said: Does anyone know if someone with a felony background(all drug related, no violence, or anything with children )can work as a substance abuse counselor in Phoenix, AZ?

As long as you have no issues with children and domestic violence ypur good

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Selfless in Brooklyn NY in Brooklyn, New York

15 months ago

Yes, you can. We have a lot of counselors here in NYC who have felonies on their record and are counselors. It depends on the felony in some cases. If its for murder probably not. but on the other hand. My executive director in his past, killed someone, he did many years for it. He came out turned his life around did what he needed to do to get his credentials and was smart as hell. His story is even on the internet. So yeah. as long as you are not continuously getting arrested and going to jail because you will be terminated at some point and the whole thing will be pointless. I believe its the best profession for a convicted criminal who has served his time already to get involved in. you have a lot to offer a person in recovery because most of them have felony's as well or petty crimes.

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Walt in Palm Desert, California

15 months ago

Salaries for addictions counselors vary widely. They depend not only on education and experience, but what type of facility you work. I started at at 49k and currently earn 75k. Higher paying jobs DO exist. Regarding felonies, each state and FACILITY differ. For example, our facility won't hire with a record or if there is a history of financial irresponsibility. Other facilities in the state don't have those requirements. However, they don't pay as well.

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Selfless in Brooklyn NY in Brooklyn, New York

15 months ago

What credentials did you have when you make the 49k ie what degree level and casac T or CASAC?

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Walt300 in Palm Desert, California

15 months ago

Level II counselor certified in GA and level II in the Navy. No degree (at that time). Also, during that period worked part-time for a drug court at $30 hr.

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Selfless in Brooklyn NY in Brooklyn, New York

15 months ago

Okay, because I started as a CASAC T with a Bachelors degree in Forensic Psychology at 40k, Now I have a CASAC with my BA and I'm making 50k. This is in NY of curse. But if GA is paying that amount without a degree then I'm headed for GA :)

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Walt300 in Palm Desert, California

15 months ago

Didn't work in GA (just had a cert there). Worked in SC. Currently work in CA. Again, it varies. Explored another job once (about 2 yrs ago). Offered me 40k. The director made less than my current pay. No doubt, I'm fortunate.. But, I have seen positions earning what I earn or lightly more (Northern CA).

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