You most likely chose this career for a very specific reason. Consider your motivation to help people and your drive to learn new, innovative therapy techniques. Where did that motivation come from? Perhaps you struggled with addiction in your past, or have seen a loved one fight a battle with addiction.
As an Addiction Counselor, you will be assisting others in facing difficult issues which means you need to have a solid motivator, and a strong desire to keep moving forward on the toughest days. If you have a personal story that directed you towards addiction counseling, share it!
"I grew up in a family that had generational struggles with addiction. A big motivator for me was to learn everything I could about addictions, and the genetic link to the behavior of an addict. I wanted to break my own family's cycle of addiction, while helping others at the same time."
Entry Level answer example
"When majoring in Psychology, I found my substance abuse classes very interesting. I decided I wanted to learn more from patients and the effects substances have on their bodies. I am very excited to continue learning in this role as an addiction counselor."
Experienced answer example
"After being sober for the last 5 years I decided to give back by helping others with the same struggles I had. When I was taking counseling for my own addiction, my coach was a significant source of strength and help all along the way. I want to be that for someone, too."