Personal Statement : Substance Abuse Counseling Essay

886 Words Dec 14th, 2015 4 Pages
I’ve worked my entire adult life helping others. Starting when I was just 19 years old I began working at a group home people with developmental disabilities and chronic mental health issues. The clients in these homes were often placed straight from secure psychiatric units and had unpleasant, and at times, criminal histories. This is the environment where I first found my strengths.

I could easily engage with people without regard for their sordid history and help them work through their own thoughts. This led me to career in substance abuse counseling. I graduated at the age of 22 with an Associate’s Degree in AODA Counseling and immediately began working in a residential treatment facility.

I spent the next 9 years of my life working as a Substance Abuse Counselor. I steadily rose through the ranks in my field. I started in residential treatment, where it’s 24/7 crisis. Clients in this environment are so unaccustomed to experiencing emotions with the instant relief of chemicals that everything they experience is overwhelming. Combine this with the very real behaviors that were displayed during the course of an addiction and this environment can be volatile and extraordinarily stressful.

I rose out of this environment and began my career in outpatient treatment. The chronic alcoholics and addicts remained on my caseload, but a new variety of clients referred due to drunk driving offense, underage drinking, or low level drug offenses lightened the load. This…

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