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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How do you cope with a young patient, or any patient, that overdoses?
 
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I would be able to cope with a patient that overdoses if I follow all steps to assist patient accordingly.
 
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It has to be difficult, but I would remind myself of everything I did right rather than everything I did not do.
 
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Sometimes an overdose can be rock bottom for clients and the thing they need to make them realize they have to chose between staying out and face the strong possibility of dying or getting clean and learning to live. In the event the client does not survive the OD you grieve and recognize more than ever that you are dealing with disease none are immune from and share that experience to try and reach others.
 
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As in dying? I guess it would be sad. I would debrief with my coworker and supervisor. Give myself time to mourn and grieve. Mb fall back on my spirituality and art.
 
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Being from Chicago and working with children, its saddening for me, simply because they needed help and maybe our services was too late or I may feel something else could have prevented this, but it does happen.
 
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What are your weaknesses?
 
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What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
 
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Patients who have been in treatment several times without making any positive changes, they die as a result of their substance abuse problem.
 
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I have the most difficulty treating patients that either knows it all, or in denial about having an addiction.
 
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Patients who are not seeking treatment for themselves but for some other factor.
 
4.
None really. I think dual diagnosis can be particularly challenging as can couples who abuse but I am happy to work with any type of client.
 
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I find that patients who do not want to participate in their treatment, a difficult situation sometimes.
 
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What type of patient are you not comfortable being around?
 
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Ones who initiate physical touch when I dont know them or without being asked.
 
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With those who have a very serious mental heath issues and are very aggressive.
 
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I am comfortable with all patients but those who do not seem concerned with the affects of their addiction.
 
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I have experienced inappropriate situations, but addressed the issues regarding boundaries with patients.
 
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I'm from the hood and I would not be comfortable around someone that seems to be a threat to my life or others.
 
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Have you facilitated any outreach programs? Tell me about it.
 
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Yes, seeking and recruiting new potential customer.
 
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No, I haven't ran any out reach programs, but often in contact with outreach teams.
 
3.
I have not ran an outreach program on my own, but I have taken part in coming up with ideas for my current outreach program to use to benefit the patient in our program.
 
4.
I have not. But I am familiar with what they offer to people with addiction.
 
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Yes, I ran a stress management class and an art journaling class. The patients who attended stated to me that it helped the through some difficult times.
 
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How do you involve the patient's family during treatment?
 
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When necessary and appropriate releases have been signed to do so.
 
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You can consult with patients families if a consent form has been signed on their behalf.
 
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Not unless the patient gives me consent to talk to their family regarding a specific issue, and that information will benefit the patients treatment.
 
4.
As long as my patient offers a release for me to communicate with them, absolutely.
 
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It is up to the patient if they are adults. I would decide based on the history disclosed by the client with their family if it would be in their best interest to be involved in recovery. It is always best if it is possible to ensure they have a support system who has the tools to help them help themselves.
 
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How do you handle angry patients?
 
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Using anger reduction training skills Breathing Identifying objects journaling exercise.
 
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I just relax, listen careful, and wait until he/she express or display their anger.
 
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I handle angry patients by speaking in a warm tone of voice, and repeating back to the patient what they communicated to me.
 
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Keeping calm. Ensuring them I want to help any way that I can and that they will allow.
 
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Let them say what they need to say and give them space for my safety as well as their own and then talk once they have settled.
 
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What do you feel is the most important skill an addiction counselor should possess?
 
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Ability to listen nonjudgementally.
 
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Flexible with approaches as people are impacted differently. And the capability to be non judgmental.
 
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The ability to build rapport quickly.
 
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I believe an addiction counselor should be firm.
 
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Knowing when to limit self disclosure.
 
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What is your greatest accomplishment as an addiction counselor?
 
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Seeing someone get their 10 year sobriety chip.
 
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Seeing a client being married and having a wonderful and stable life after being in treatment.
 
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My greatest accomplishment as an addiction counselor would be helping clients accomplish their goal.
 
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Being able to successfully close a case that was open for three years.
 
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Giving a 40 + year old man who had AIDS and was homeless the tools he needed to recover and thrive.
 
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What are your strengths?
 
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