A career path is a personal road map to obtaining a particular career. It is a journey you choose to follow in hopes of obtaining a fulfilling and rewarding career. Do you remember as a young child someone asking you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Perhaps you answered, by saying you would like to become a doctor, nurse, police officer, veterinarian or even a super hero? Regardless of how you answered this question, you most likely chose your answer based on what interested you and maybe thought that you would be helping something or someone else with your choice. You probably never said, “I want to be a psychiatrist.” A look at a career in psychology or one of its subfields is worth further examination.
Psychology offers different career options and a variety of career twists on those options. For example, consider a psychiatrist (medical doctor), who treats a heroin addict for withdraw symptoms by prescribing Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). The clinical physician’s primary focus is the effects the human body goes through while experiencing various stages of drug withdraw (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In this instance, this treatment is used only for drug withdraw symptoms. It is not intended for long term recovery. A person who suffers from an addiction disorder should seek long term treatment and recovery. A substance abuse counselor helps to ease and further the recovery process. Both a psychiatrist and a substance abuse counselor treat a patient with an addiction disorder. However, the methods and means they choose to use can be different.
Psychology by definition is the “science of behavior and mental processes” (Myers 4). In order for the treatment of an addiction to be effective, the clinical effects of substances on and individual must be known and the individual’s behaviors before and after their addiction should carefully be examined and further explored. To do this properly, it requires different approaches and perspectives by a psychologist to treat an individual with an addiction effectively.
There are many different types of addiction and each type requires specialized training and awareness of the addiction. One particular addiction career path is a substance abuse counselor. To become a substance abuse counselor a bachelor’s degree, a master degree, a doctorate or PHD may be required (Careers in Psychology.org).
The level of education and type of certification may vary depending upon which state you plan on practicing within. For example, In New...