U.S. Faces Shortage of Substance Abuse Counselors, More Professionals Needed

A recent article from North Dakota featured a couple who waited 33 days before they could enter treatment. These days, a month-long waiting list is pretty common across the country for state-run facilities. The story also stated that were nearly 90,000 jobs for substance abuse counselors nationwide, which is supposed to increase by more than 30 percent in the next 8 years. By comparison, the national average for job growth rate is 11 percent. Part of this increase in need is due to the average age of the current workers in this field, while the rest is a result of the increased demand for services.

The behavioral health care field has a wide range of positions, from psychiatrists and psychologists to certified counselors and para-professionals. It takes all of these positions, and more, in order to address the growing needs of people seeking help for alcohol and drug problems, especially when there are co-occurring disorders present.

We are very thankful for our wonderfully talented and caring staff here at Decision Point Center, and they love working with clients to help them get their lives back on track. We have a top-notch team of doctors, therapists and support staff who would encourage anyone to take the leap into this difficult, but very rewarding career in helping others.

Call Decision Point Center today to speak with one of our counselors to learn more about our drug and alcohol rehab program and lifelong recovery.