Top 15 Addiction Counselor Interview Questions
1. In your previous counseling experience, have you ever had to enforce policies you didn't agree with?
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Addiction Counselor
June 20th, 2014

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who have alcoholism or other types of addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
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Addiction Counselor Interview Questions
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As an Addiction Counselor, what do you believe is your best asset?
 
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My willingness to meet clients where they are at.
 
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The ability to understand people's problems.
 
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I thing that my best asset is being patient and understandable person.
 
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Expressing empathy and concern.
 
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I have a true desire to help people find their best self.
 
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What motivates you to succeed?
 
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Knowing that what I am doing counts, no matter what the outcome. You may not be able to be the world to everyone but to one peson you might be the world.
 
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My family and my personal grow.
 
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It is a powerful feeling when you accomplish something. That is a feeling I would like to have more than just once. I feel that once I get too comfortable in a position I find it harder to see myself growing from that spot. In order to succeed I have to continue to grow as a person.
 
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At my current job, I feel that our facility policies are in place for a reason and it us up to me to enforce those policies to the best of my ability.
 
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I have always been ambitious, but I enjoy finishing what I start. I'm finished once I've succeeded.
 
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How do you cope with stressful situations?
 
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I believe I cope very well in stressful situations. I am able to handle them with grace and sometimes it pushes me to do better.
 
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I am able to cope with stressful situations when they arise.
 
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Absolutely. I manage my own stress well. I find that it helps calm others in crisis situations.
 
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I feel I can process stressful situations by standing back for a second and applying a logical approach in dealing with the situation. For instance looking at the environment or deescalating a person in private .
 
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Yes, I have worked in a stressful job for several years and I cope well.
 
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Why do you want a career as an addiction counselor?
 
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My personal experiences with addiction gave me the desire to help others who are struggling.
 
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From previous experience working as a student at an addiction treatment centre, I was able to build an interest in the addiction and mental health setting. Because of this, I believe that my skill set will allow me to become an effective addiction counsellor.
 
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Most n serious problem is related to drugs n alochol making social life hell.
 
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I have a childhood filled with dealing with a parent with addiction problems, and I want to be able to help someone with that, since I couldn't help my mother.
 
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Because I have always wanted to help people, especially in addictions.
 
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What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
 
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To refer a client to an more intensive treatment program when they need it. The most difficult is testify against my client in court for non-complain w/ tx. Recommendations.
 
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Choices that promote well being are easily made. It is difficult to make decisions based on ethics.
 
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I don't really feel like I have a problem making decisions.
 
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It is easy to make decisions when we have rules. Emotional decisions are the hardest.
 
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To sit with a client. To deny explanations when we were busy.
 
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What three words would you use to describe yourself?
 
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Humble, good listening, emphaty.
 
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Creative understanding professional.
 
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Passionate, firm, compassionate.
 
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Detail oriented, passionate and considerate.
 
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Goal-driven, team player, adaptable.
 
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What was your biggest disappointment as an addiction counselor?
 
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Helping others and not helping my youngest brother who was addicted.
 
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I can not say that I have had a disappointing moment in this field, just situations to learn and grow from in the future.
 
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Not being able to help everyone.
 
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Knowing the statistics for recovery was the most disappointing thing in my counseling career.
 
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I can not say that I have had a disappointing moment in this field, just situations to learn and grow from in the future.
 
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How well do you work with people?
 
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I'm always a team player. Successful treatment requires a team.
 
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I love work with people, they respect me and follow up the rules.
 
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Because I find myself meeting new people often, I see that I am a people person with the ability to make people laugh.
 
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I have high functioning autism so sometimes it is hard for others to understand me. I have no problem working with others and quite enjoy I do however often get read incorrectly.
 
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I work great with people. I am a team player and I am always willing to lend a hand to my coworkers.
 
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What new approaches have you recently tried? What has been successful?
 
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Behavioural, humanistic Getting to know your clients.
 
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I find out what clients are good at and present them with opportunities to make their skill a habit.
 
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I have recently tried the Motivational Interviewing approach to get client's engaged, and willing to share information about their history.
 
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I have been out of the field for 5 years so I don't know what is out there now that was not available then. In my past work I found anger management to be quite useful.
 
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Cognitive behavioral intervention for tics.
 
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