Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in Oregon - OR

Drug and alcohol counselors, also called substance abuse counselors, try to bring about change in the lives of people addicted to drugs (such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana) and alcohol to help them break the cycle of addiction. In the state of Oregon, the drugs most commonly abused are heroin and methamphetamine, according to the nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org. Therefore, there is a great need for substance abuse counselors in Oregon. Before one can work there, however, one must attain substance abuse counselor certification. This will verify one’s training and test his or her core knowledge of the competencies of the profession.

Certification in Oregon consists of showing proof of 150 hours of drug and alcohol coursework; 1000 hours of experience in competency areas; three years (or 6000 hours) of supervised, full-time work experience; and passing the certification examination of the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (their NCAC Level 1 examination). Examinations are given four times yearly in each state. In Oregon, the national examination is given at PSI Testing Centers. These examination centers can be found in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Bend. Once all of the criteria are met, the state of Oregon will issue you a CADC I, or Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I, certification.

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