Substance Abuse Counselor, Part Time

Function: Clinical Care

Family: Behavioral Health

Level: Practitioner / Therapist / Technologist

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Rate: $21.371- $28.040


  • Assesses and provides treatment to individuals with emotional, mental, or substance abuse difficulties, including abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • Helps patients overcome addiction by educating them regarding the skills necessary to overcome addiction.
  • Serves as the first line contact and support for patients in order to assure a supported therapeutic addiction recovery experience.


Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (some certifications will require Bachelor’s): Required
  • Master's Degree: Preferred
  • Minimum Work Experience
  • Experience in detoxification and 12-step based chemical dependency treatment programs: Preferred
  • Required Licenses Other Registered as Addiction Specialist Intern within 6 months of hire and completion within 5 years of registration: Preferred
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) licensure in state of practice: Preferred
  • Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse certification: Preferred
  • Refer to the Required Licenses and Certifications list for additional job and/or unit specific requirements.
  • Required Skills Refer to Job Analysis #01A for details regarding additional ability requirements.


  • Adheres to the Adventist Health Mission, Vision and Values statements. Complies with behavioral standards, policies, procedures and handbooks established by the organization and their respective ministries. Abides by the guiding principles of the Code of Conduct.


  • Counsels patients in-group or by individual sessions to help them cope with substance abuse.
  • Observes and supports clients through program process using 12-step tools and other proven methods.
  • Counsels family members to aid them in dealing with, supporting and understanding the patient.
  • Monitors, evaluates and records client progress towards treatment goals.
  • Collaborates with nurses, physicians and counselors to coordinate plan treatment.
  • Modifies treatment plans depending on the progress of client status.
  • Plans and conducts programs to combat social difficulties, prevent substance abuse, or improve health.
  • Refers patients, clients, or families to community resources available for treatment or housing.
  • Supervises and directs staff regarding providing services to patients.
  • Documents patient progress, as required.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.