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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Alcohol and drug abuse counselors (sometimes called substance abuse counselors) work with people who abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Through individual and group counseling sessions, they help their clients understand and change their destructive substance abuse behaviors. Approximately 94,900 substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree




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