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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Students should obtain as much experience in the field as possible by participating in summer internships, volunteering, and part-time jobs with counseling-related employers. In order to be successful in this job, prospective counselors should enjoy working with people. They must have compassion, good communication and listening skills, and a desire to help others. They should also be emotionally stable and able to deal with the frustrations and failures that are often a part of the job.

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