The path to becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor can be daunting. While the long-term goal is clear, figuring out where to start and how to get there can be difficult. Luckily, with a bit of research and direction I am confident I can reach my ultimate goal.
My first step was finding education programs that are suited for me. There are plenty of options available online as well as at brick-and-mortar locations in my area. After researching each program, I chose one that is reputable and meets my future career’s requirements. With this selection made, I enrolled in classes and began learning about the different techniques when addressing substance abuse problems.
Alongside the educational side of this journey, I also had to acquire some hands-on experience for certification process. To do this, I looked for volunteer opportunities in my local community or through researching internships/mentorship openings at drug rehabilitation centers or counseling organizations. While these experiences may not seem glamorous, they give a real life look into how these professions work day to day—they truly help bring all the pieces together!
Once I felt comfortable that I had checked off all necessary boxes on the road to becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, it was time to review state regulations for counselors before taking final exams. Thankfully though, after much effort and determination I am now certified which has opened up many new possibilities when seeking employment.
Becoming certified in this field feels great! Now it’s my chance to use all that I have learned along the way to provide support and guidance best suited for each individual’s circumstances.