Substance Abuse Counselor: A description for the substance abuse counselor job

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Substance Abuse Counselor: Counsels and aids individuals and families requiring assistance dealing with substance abuse problems, for example alcohol or drug abuse: Interviews clients, reviews records, and confers with other professionals to evaluate condition of client. Formulates program for treatment and rehabilitation of client, using knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse problems and counseling and treatment techniques. Counsels clients individually and in group sessions to assist client in overcoming alcohol and drug dependency. Counsels family members to assist family in dealing with and providing support for client. Refers client to other support services as needed, for example medical evaluation and treatment, social services, and employment services. Monitors condition of client to evaluate success of therapy, and adapts treatment as needed. Prepares and maintains reports and case histories. May also formulate and conduct programs to promote prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. May also prepare documents for presentation in court and accompany client to court as needed.

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