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Top 25 Addiction Therapist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength?
"My greatest strength would be my patience. I can keep my cool through any situation and find a release for a stressful situation later. My stress release is reading outside in the fresh air."
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List of Addiction Therapist Interview Questions
  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. How do you respond to a patient that is trying to manipulate you?
  3. Why should we hire you?
  4. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  5. What is your greatest weakness?
  6. What is your experience with treating eating disorders?
  7. What do you think is the most important skill as an Addiction Therapist?
  8. How do you help your patients cope?
  9. Tell me about an after-care plan you built for a patient.
  10. How do you educate your patients on addiction?
  11. What is one thing you feel an Addiction Therapist should never do?
  12. Have you ever been part of an intervention?
  13. Have you ever worked public outreach?
  14. What do you know about our company?
  15. How do you help your patients identify their triggers?
  16. What type of help have you provided family members of addicted patients?
  17. What do you like about your present job?
  18. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  19. What made you choose a career as an addiction therapist?
  20. Where do you see your career in 5 years?
  21. What do you do to challenge yourself professionally?
  22. How do you develop a treatment plan?
  23. When would you refer a patient to someone other than yourself?
  24. Do you have experience counseling gambling addiction?
  25. How do you avoid burnout?
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Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Addiction Therapist Information
August 17th, 2017

Addiction therapists (also known as substance abuse counselors) have the necessary clinical skills and experience needed to help their patients overcome substance abuse issues. You apply your skills to counsel those who have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders. You develop treatment plans and help your patients find ways of coping with their destructive urges. You are knowledgeable about the different kinds of addiction, such as alcohol, drug dependency, gambling and eating disorders.

As an Addiction Therapist you may hold a bachelor's degree in a behavioral or social science with additional coursework and experience in addiction counseling. Graduate degrees may increase job opportunities and usually include supervised experience, which employers often require. Licensing requirements vary by state.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to do your homework on the facility. Research what they specialize in, patient population and skills that are needed to be successful within the particular role you are interviewing for. If you are a new graduate and new to the field be able to speak to your college experience and projects. Consider volunteering to gain valuable work experience to show the interviewer that not only are you are committed to the field but want to help others around you.
Addiction Therapist User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength?
"My greatest strength would be my patience. I can keep my cool through any situation and find a release for a stressful situation later. My stress release is reading outside in the fresh air."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My greatest strength or listening, learning, and leading.
2.
I remain calm in stressful situation so that I can think clearly and solve the problem.
Question 2 of 25
How do you respond to a patient that is trying to manipulate you?
"If I identified that a patient was trying to manipulate me I would review the treatment plan that we set together and remind them of their boundaries."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I work well with people because a good team is essential to accomplish goals.
2.
I work well with people, I know that sometimes people have different personalities, but, I tried to work around some people.
Question 3 of 25
Why should we hire you?
Don't be fooled by this trick question. The interviewer isn't interested in your cheesy statement that you are the best person for the job. They have an idea you probably are, the chose to interview you. The interviewer wants to know why you chose this line of work, your education and how your past employment directly supports the position you are applying to. Answer this question with your rehearsed and memorized elevator speech. Make it unique and convincing or they will move to the next candidate.
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Question 4 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Addiction Therapy can be an emotionally draining job. How do you get away from it all and relax? Do you do yoga or go to the gym? Spend time with your family at the beach? Don't tell the interviewer that you don't have work stress because we all have a little. Instead, tell the interviewer that you welcome and thrive on a little bit of work stress. Work stress can motivate us and make our day more interesting.
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Question 5 of 25
What is your greatest weakness?
Question 6 of 25
What is your experience with treating eating disorders?
Question 7 of 25
What do you think is the most important skill as an Addiction Therapist?
Question 8 of 25
How do you help your patients cope?
Question 9 of 25
Tell me about an after-care plan you built for a patient.
Question 10 of 25
How do you educate your patients on addiction?
Question 11 of 25
What is one thing you feel an Addiction Therapist should never do?
Question 12 of 25
Have you ever been part of an intervention?
Question 13 of 25
Have you ever worked public outreach?
Question 14 of 25
What do you know about our company?
Question 15 of 25
How do you help your patients identify their triggers?
Question 16 of 25
What type of help have you provided family members of addicted patients?
Question 17 of 25
What do you like about your present job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I like helping the students.
Question 18 of 25
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Getting my Master, and putting my daughter threw college and now my son.
Question 19 of 25
What made you choose a career as an addiction therapist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I change careers, I have family members, who are on drugs and I had parents who I worked with was on drugs and I wanted to no more about it.
2.
I had parents to come and pick up their children and they were smelling like marijuana, so I wanted to know more about it.
Question 20 of 25
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have worked with people in Department of Human services, foster care, who have cussed and threaten my life. I have worked with people in treatment who have cussed my out, but I do not take it personal.
Question 21 of 25
What do you do to challenge yourself professionally?
Question 22 of 25
How do you develop a treatment plan?
Question 23 of 25
When would you refer a patient to someone other than yourself?
Question 24 of 25
Do you have experience counseling gambling addiction?
Question 25 of 25
How do you avoid burnout?
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