Substance abuse counselors help individuals suffering from problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex and eating disorders. They are also commonly known as chemical dependence and addiction counselors.
Their work includes identifying the behaviors and problems related to addiction and then assisting in the development of new, healthy behaviors and coping methods.
A substance abuse counselor will teach clients about:
- Early recovery skills
- Relapse prevention
- The trigger cycle
- Ways to live a more positive life while maintaining sobriety
Counseling can be done individually or in groups and often extends to affected family members. Treatment may include medications such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety agents to stabilize moods.
Find a facility that has addiction counselors available.