There are many types of addiction counselors. They all have different levels of education and courses required. The most important thing to remember is that addiction counseling is a rewarding career.

A Certified addictions specialist is someone who has also gone through the process of becoming certified to work with addicts and alcoholics. However, a CAS Counselor usually has an Advanced degree in addiction counseling, emphasizing one type of addiction including alcohol, drugs, gambling.

Certified addictions specialist courses include, but are not limited to, courses in advanced pharmacology, advanced motivational interviewing, and advanced case conceptualization.

A certified addictions specialist job involves:

• Working with clients in assessment and diagnosis of substance use disorders
• Assessing readiness for change through the development of treatment plans
• Coordinating with other services to provide care coordination for substance use disorders