Requisition Number: LA009-ADDSP-H-01-2020-01
Job Title: Addiction Specialist
City: Harvey
State: LA

Minimum Degree Required: D - Graduate Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: $20.43 - $21.64/hour

Addiction Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The function of the Addiction Counselor is to provide integrated mental health and substance abuse services to consumers with co-occurring disorders. The Addiction Counselor’s job responsibilities include assessment, use of stage-wise interventions, provision of substance abuse group, implementation of harm reduction techniques, and treatment planning.  


  • Provide services at times and locations convenient to clients. 
  • Provide on-call, after-hour support to clients as scheduled.
  • Provide face-to-face services in the client’s home, in public places, wherever necessary. 
  • Ensure clients have access to and utilize the ACT after-hours on-call staff for emergencies or after-hour support.
  • Utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Stages of Change techniques to engage and provide treatment to clients.
  • Provide clinical treatment for mental health and substance abuse/dependence, incorporating recovery-based, client-centered treatment approaches and harm reduction strategies.
  • Assume lead roles with designated clients. Develop, coordinate, and implement treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for these cases. 
  • Provide relapse prevention training and on-going education as outlined in the treatment plan of clients.
  • Provide and coordinate substance abuse assessment, treatment planning, and service delivery tailored to the individual needs of clients with dual disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.  Assess the ongoing progress toward planned goals and objectives.
  • Develop treatment plans, early intervention plans, and recovery action plans with clients.

Required Experience

  • 3 years of clinical work experience with at least 1 year working with substance abuse.

Required Education

  • A Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling

Required Qualifications

  • Work toward licensure required (LCSW, LPC, LAC); CAC preferred
  • The ability to make ethical clinical decisions in demanding situations
  • The ability to interact professionally with clients, their families and other professionals
  • Organizational skills; ability to complete documentation timely and accurately

Program Summary

The ACT mobile treatment support team will provide treatment and support services to one hundred (100) persons per year. The persons served by the team will be individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues and their families.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.