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Substance Abuse Caseworkers

Human Services

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Substance abuse caseworkers usually work in offices or clinics.

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Substance abuse caseworkers provide individual and group counseling, perform crisis intervention, and offer education and counseling related to substance abuse. They perform urinalysis screenings and conduct assessments and interviews. They develop treatment plans and provide assistance to leaders in addressing issues related to substance abuse. They prepare summary reports and maintain patient progress data, and are responsible for implementing prevention, outreach, and educational programs related to alcohol and drug abuse for members of the Military and their families.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Substance abuse caseworkers develop skills in meeting the social and psychological needs of service members primarily through on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Training content may include:

  • Orientation to counseling and social service programs
  • Interviewing and counseling methods
  • Treatments for drug and alcohol abuse
  • Psychological testing techniques

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in working with people
  • Patience in dealing with problems that take time and effort to overcome
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Listening and communication skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers