Substance Abuse Counselor

Post Date:  May 23, 2024

Garden City, GA, US, 31418

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31883
Work Schedule:  Monday - Thursday, 10-hour shift

Are you interested in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling and want to get certified for FREE?


At Gateway Foundation, we will pay for and assist with you getting your licenses and/or certifications.  Our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. 


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 

***Up to $3,000 Sign On Bonus for Certified Counselors***

**Certifications/Licensures are NOT required for Entry Level Counselors**


Substance Abuse Counselors are responsible for:

  • Conducts client interviews and assessments to review substance use disorder and treatment history.
  • Evaluates client response to treatment to recommend modifications to the treatment plan and assist with caseloads and development of individualized treatment plan and preparing individually appropriate goals, interventions, and necessary support. 
  • Assists with and provides didactic group counseling, including psychoeducation, drug education, and family education to ensure peer support occurs.
  • Provides individual client counseling, educational programs and lectures to address relapse prevention, problem solving, behavior modification, anger management, etc., and to assist in overcoming substance use disorder, adjusting to pro-social life, and making cognitive and behavioral changes.
  • Carries case load up to 25 clients, per State and contract requirements.
  • Collaborates with clients to develop discharge summary and continuing care and relapse prevention plans for supervisor’s approval to integrate aftercare treatment with referral resource services.
  • Coordinates required services to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations in support of continued recovery. 
  • Collects and maintains treatment records and reports to ensure organizational, regulatory, accreditation, and contractual compliance.
  • Performs office administrative duties, such as answering telephones; relaying messages; responding to inquiries regarding program services and policies; filing, photocopying and faxing documents; planning special events, assembling intake packets, etc.


 Job Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a helping profession from an accredited college or university.

  • Some previous counseling experience, experience in substance use disorder or mental health treatment is preferred
  • Must obtain certification as identified by state within 30 months of the first date that the counseling services are provided. Acceptable Certifications include Certified Addiction Counselor from the Georgia Addiction Counselor’s Association (GACA), Certified Addiction Counselor from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor from the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC), and Certification as a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). Acceptable Licensures include Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS).
  • Must be able to obtain Georgia Department of Corrections clearance to work in the correctional institution


Pay Range:

Entry Level:  $20.50 - $21.50 per hour
Certified/Licensed:  $25.00 - $27.00 per hour


Physical Requirements:

  • Works in a correctional facility
  • Ability to walk and move about the facilities for up to two hours at a time, to monitor and interact with clients
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to use a keyboard and video display terminal to receive, retrieve, and/or audit information and data
  • Ability to record, proofread and check documents and files for accuracy
  • Ability to respond to telephones, and to hear and detect alarms and unusual noises

Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • As part of the initial job offer, you will be eligible for a sign-on bonus of $1500 for this position. The Sign on Bonus of $1500 is minus applicable taxes which will be paid in three equal installments: $500 paid out on your first paycheck, $500 after six months of employment, and the remaining $500 after successfully completing I year of employment. You must be employed with Gateway at the time of payout and an employee in good standing. If your employment terminates, voluntarily or involuntarily you will only be entitled to amounts paid up until the time of your last date of employment.
  • Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Short Term Disablity - Accrue up to seven days annually, to be used during an extended personal illness
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

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