The life of an addiction counselor can be stressful! Watching patients struggle can be painful and you may often feel under pressure. Dealing with family members and managing support groups can also be a lot to handle. Show the interviewer that you are capable of coping with stress by sharing the tools or strategies that help you stay calm.
"I have learned to stay relaxed and try not to react. I know what situations make me stressed, and I know how to respond. Typically if I am overwhelmed with too much work or a tight deadline, I prioritize tasks that need to get done each day. Ensuring that I use my time wisely and that I have realistic expectations, are very important keys to reducing my stress."
Entry Level answer example
"If I'm facing a stressful situation I'll call in the reinforcements. I ask for help when appropriate to avoid situations from getting out of control."
Experienced answer example
"Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself personally and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels. As a counselor, it is especially important that I have a personal lifeline and maintain appropriate boundaries with my patients and their situations."