Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselors work with individuals living with addiction or other behavioral disorders including eating disorders, substance abuse, and more. These counselors in New Mexico can work directly for hospitals or schools, prisons, public health departments, or operate their own private practice.
Typically, all behavioral counseling licenses in the state require a minimum of an associate degree. There are many great substance abuse counselor schools in New Mexico offering programs to complement and accompany state licensure programs.
Substance abuse and behavioral counseling programs in New Mexico are built to prepare candidates with the skills necessary to succeed in this challenging, but ultimately rewarding career. Skills obtained in these programs, as well as coursework completed, include:
Arguably the most important licensure program for New Mexico is the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (LADAC) program. Three tiers exist for the career following the Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) program.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
Doctorate & First Professional
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New Mexico. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Substance Abuse Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary