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 technician is someone who has gone through the process of becoming certified to work with addicts and alcoholics. To become a CAT, you usually have to be working in an addictions program as a counselor or therapist. You would need a Bachelor’s degree for this position, along with having been doing your internship at an addictions program for some time.

Certified addiction counselor requires CAT courses such as addiction counseling skills, case conceptualization, documentation, and culturally informed treatment.

A certified addictions technician job involves helping clients understand relapse prevention concepts and identifying relapse warning signs. Helping clients realize that recovery is a lifelong process, not just a program or a meeting.