Substance Abuse Therapist

What Does A Substance Abuse Therapist Do?

A substance abuse therapist conducts individual and group therapy with clients who have problems with substance abuse and addiction.

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How Do I Become A Substance Abuse Therapist?

A master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field is required to obtain this position. A doctorate may make a person more competitive during the job search. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Earning a doctorate may require an additional two-three years of college work.

What is the Average Salary For A Substance Abuse Therapist?

High – 70,000
Median – 43,000
Low – 27,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Substance Abuse Therapist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Substance Abuse Therapist?

Substance abuse therapists typically work in counseling centers, government agencies, residential facilities, and hospitals.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Substance Abuse Therapist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada