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Can i be a substance abuse counselor if i myself have never abused substances?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Absolutely: Absolutely. You don't have to use or abuse alcohol or drugs to be a substance abuse counselor. Your talent to understand and help people with addiction is what it counts.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: I agree with Dr. Nesr. A physician doesn't have to have suffered a broken leg to learn how to fix one. Take care.

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