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Substance Abuse Counselors at RSH have diverse backgrounds. Some, having just completed their training, are schooled in the most recent practices and knowledge about addiction treatment. Others have first hand knowledge of living 'clean and sober' and participating in the recovery community. Five of the eight counselors have over 10 years experience in providing addiction services. Many have worked in other positions at the hospital prior to becoming counselors.

Substance Abuse Counselors provide addiction education on:

  • Self Assessment
  • Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Useful Tools for Recovery
  • Living alcohol & drug free
  • Components of a Program of Recovery
  • Relapse Triggers
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Introduction to community self help groups such as AA, NA & DRA

They engage in both individual and small group counseling to assist the patients to assimilate these addiction concepts into their life style. Addiction patients present a wide range of needs. Substance Abuse Counselors serve patients with chronic mental illness and addiction issues as well as people first learning to live without using alcohol or drugs. Programs must vary their focus based on the needs of the patients. 

Information on certification of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors may be found at: