Substance Abuse Counselor Interview

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Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance Abuse Counselors, otherwise known as Behavioral Disorder counselors, advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. Substance Abuse counselors do a variety of things such as evaluate client 's’ mental and physical health, addiction or problem behavior, and readiness for the treatment they need (“Summary”) The first rehab clinic was formed in 1982 by President Ford’s wife, Betty Ford, when she developed an addiction to alcohol and prescription medication in the 1970s. Before this clinic, America formed a Prohibition Act, to ban the possession and selling of alcohol. Many people would be more tempted to drink alcohol and start an addiction due to the fact it was illegal. Today, Substance Abuse counselors have various responsibilities, specific job environments, profitable salaries, long
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Personal Interview

I interviewed Dr. Serena Wadhwa who lives in Illinois, and works for the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. She graduated from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2007, and has been continuing work for 15 years. I learned that being a Substance Abuse counselor is a lot of work and changes your life. You work in a vulnerable environment and see different sides of people. “I learned human nature is evil, I learned through listening to the loss, trauma and pain other humans inflict on others” (Wadhwa). Being a Substance Abuse counselor takes a lot of dedication, but it’s rewarding in the end to help others.

Conclusion

In conclusion, being a Substance Abuse counselor is challenging yet rewarding. Substance Abuse counselors have various responsibilities, specific job environments, profitable salaries, long stressful days, and future needs for programs. Becoming a counselor to help people would be a rewarding and life changing job for me, I will learn new things about myself and other people. I am looking forward to this next step in my
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