Addiction Careers

Careers in Addictions

Why Should I Choose a Career in Addictions?
Addiction impacts every sector of society. Families, jobs and lives are destroyed every day by substance use disorders. In 2007, an estimated 22.3 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse. However, only 1.6 percent of these people received some kind of treatment for a problem related to the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.2

Those intending to enter the addictions field need to be properly prepared. It is important to obtain the necessary education and training in order to provide the most effective, quality care. Also, each state has their own certification and/or licensing requirements for practice. Students and those furthering their career need to be aware of their state's laws and guidelines.

Discover more detailed information on education and certification requirements, available degrees in addiction, work settings, salaries, types of jobs, and much more. Imagine Who You Could Save.


A career in the addictions treatment and recovery services field is promising!

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Produced by the Northeast ATTC, NAADAC, Central East ATTC, and the ATTC National Office.
Funded in part by a grant from SAMHSA/CSAT and a variety of other sponsors.