Mental Health
Substance Abuse Counselor

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Salary: $21,931 - $36,833
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Hourly: $11.57 - $19.52
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Outlook: 5 Stars
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Length of Training: 2-8 years
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Length of Training
Training programs vary in length from two-year associate degrees to eight year graduate programs. In addition to general college courses, major courses include self-awareness classes, basic counseling skills, dynamics of groups and group counseling, psychology, sociology, theories of crisis intervention, methods for identification of substance abuse, treatment and resources in substance abuse, evaluation of treatment environments, and abused substances and their effects.

Licensure/Certification

Licensure for chemical dependency counselors is available through the Texas Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (TAADAC).

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Alvin Community College Alvin A
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Amarillo College Amarillo C,A
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Angelina College Lufkin C
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Austin Community College Austin C,A
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Central Texas College Killeen C,A
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Cisco College Cisco C,A
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi C,A
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Eastfield College (DCCCD) Mesquite C,A
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El Paso Community College District El Paso A
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Galveston College Galveston C,A
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Grayson County College Denison C,A
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Howard College Big Spring C,A
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Lamar State College-Port Arthur (TSUS) Port Arthur C,A
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Lee College Baytown C,A
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Lone Star College System: Montgomery Campus Conroe A
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McLennan Community College Waco C,A
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Midland College Midland C,A
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Odessa College Odessa A
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San Antonio College (ACCD) San Antonio C
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena C,A
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth A
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Texarkana College Texarkana C,A
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Texas Southern University Houston C
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos B
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Texas Tech University Lubbock B,M
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso B
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg B
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University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston B
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University of North Texas Denton B,M
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Vernon College Vernon C
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Weatherford College Weatherford C
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate