Make a Difference That Lasts a Lifetime
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors are an integral part of the treatment and recovery process because of their direct interactions and therapeutic relationships with participants and their families. As a counselor, your compassion, lived experience, and empathy go farther as part of a collaborative, innovative team dedicated to addressing the SUD crisis here in Los Angeles County.
SUD Counselors perform intakes, conduct individual and group counseling, and provide support during and after treatment using techniques grounded in science. Counselors receive training from programs (including local community colleges and academies) that specialize in addiction counseling education. This training lays the groundwork for becoming registered and certified.
SUD Counselors register and become certified with one of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation organizations recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS):
Organizations and treatment facilities across Los Angeles County need more SUD Counselors to deliver effective treatment strategies and support individuals who are recovering from addiction.
Becoming a certified SUD Counselor is a rewarding career in one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing healthcare fields. Are you ready to make a difference?
In 2017, an estimated 14.5 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder.– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Substance Abuse Counselors rank #4 in Best Social Services Jobs and #50 in 100 Best Jobs. - U.S. News & World Report
In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older had a pain reliever use disorder. – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Affiliated AssociationsFind out more about how you can become a certified SUD Counselor by clicking on the associations below.
If you or someone you know has a substance use disorder, also known as addiction, we can help.