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Counselor- Drug and Alcohol

Counselor- Drug and Alcohol

Job Description

New Life Lodge, a member of CRC Health Group is a 200 bed residential chemical dependency treatment center located in rural Burns, TN.  New Life Lodge provides personalized treatment programs for adults through inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient, day programs, and therapeutic living,.  Our facility currently has openings for Counselors.  The qualified candidates will work closely with the Executive Director, Adult Program Directors, clinical, nursing, and dietary team members, in accordance with State and Federal Regulations to provide care for our patients. 


Our Counselors work under the supervision of the Adult Program Directors and are primarily responsible for:


Possessing a thorough understanding of facility’s treatment program and philosophy, admission process and criteria, support and administrative services, medical knowledge of various aspects of alcoholism, drug abuse and dual diagnosis.  




ð   Gathering and assessing information about:

  • The relationship of each individual’s physical status to dependence;
  • The nature of the emotional compulsion to use alcohol and/or other drugs; and
  • The intensity of the individual’s mental preoccupation with using alcohol and/or other drugs.


ð   Interpreting information about an individual’s use of alcohol and or other drugs and developing a summary based on an established and recognized system.


ð   Developing treatment plans based on individual problems and needs.


ð   Demonstrating knowledge of the natural history of dependence distinguishing between alcohol and other drug-related symptoms and other pre-existing physical problems or pathologic behaviors.


ð   Demonstrating understanding of the biopsychosocial influences and effects of dependencies.


ð   Demonstrating understanding of the range of treatment and interventions needed for chemically dependent individuals.


ð   Ability to determine based on assessment, the most appropriate level and nature of treatment for the dependence.  Understands the acute and chronic nature of the dependence and the ways medical, emotional, behavioral, social, educational and other interventions are used to treat the individual.


ð   Demonstrating knowledge of available treatment resources available through referral and their appropriate use.


ð   Assuming primary responsibility for assigned patient.


ð   Meeting with patients within 24 hours of admission and conducting initial interview.


ð   Serving as a part of the team for the multi-disciplinary treatment planning process.


ð   Providing individual and group therapy for patients and documenting the process in the patient record in accordance with facility procedures.


ð   Ensuring that all documentation regarding patient care, treatment and incidents is done in a clear and concise, accurate and timely manner.


ð   Developing and presenting didactic material to patients.


ð   Acting as a liaison with insurance carriers and referral sources.


ð   Conducting family interview and providing for referral to appropriate community or other available resources.


ð   Conducting back to work and back to home conferences involving patients, families and concerned parties.


ð   Completing discharge summary on day of discharge when directed by program director.


ð   Providing crisis intervention to patients as needed.


ð   Communicating data with referral sources accurately and timely.


ð   Completing records as required.


ð   Coordinating continuity of care for patients during absence of staff on duty.


ð   Completing a clear, concise, accurate and timely manner, the following:

  • Psychosocial assessment;
  • Diagnostic summary;
  • Treatment plans;
  • Progress notes;
  • Treatment plan updates;
  • Comprehensive continuing care plan; and
  • Discharge summary within 7 days of patient discharge.


ð   Completing Mental Health Evaluations (for LMHC only).

Job Requirements

1)     Bachelors degree or above with a major in chemical dependency preferred, psychology or social work, counseling, nursing or other related field which includes a practicum in a health or human service agency, preferably a drug and alcohol setting.

2)     Experience in substance abuse in a residential facility or mental health preferred.

3)     Certifications Desired: CPR/CPI

4)     Licensures: LMHC, LMFT, LCSW, or LADAC preferred. Knowledge of chemical dependency and dual diagnosis treatment and rehabilitation requirements.

5)     Ability to work with male and female, adult (18 – over) substance abuse/dual diagnosed population.


Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care, Nonprofit - Social Services
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience 2 to greater than 15 years
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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Counselor- Drug and Alcohol

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