Substance Use Counselor - Detox Center - Milford - job 676860


Date: 04/08/2021

City: Milford, Maine

Employment type: Full-time

This position eligible for a sign-on bonus of up to $4,000!*
Are you a licensed counselor for substance use disorder who thrives in a fast-moving environment? You might be a great match for this position at our detox center. People who come to detox want to change their lives and your vital role in this process is to help rapidly ascertain a clients status, assist them with counseling in the detox process, and help set them up for their next steps in recovery. It is exciting and challenging work that can result in a changed life.
Working at Wellspring also offers:
Small Agency Environment - you are never "just a number" here - and our person centered culture makes a difference
Generous Vacation/Sick leave policy
Excellent Medical and Dental Coverage
Reports to: Program Director and Senior Counselor
40 per week – may include weekend hours
Minimum credential of a CADC, LADC preferred.

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Thorough knowledge of substance abuse disorder and co-occurring disorders – characteristics, assessment, and treatment.*

  • Ability to conduct assessments and complete detailed paperwork in a fast-paced environment.

  • Personal characteristics of maturity and professionalism with a sincere desire to work with recovering individuals.

  • Computer skills in word processing, e-mail, and Internet use.

  • Access to transportation.

Wellspring utilizes the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model. The Sanctuary Model organizes both our treatment and the way we run our organization. Sanctuary is an inclusive model that guides leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language. Residential Care Assistants help clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework.

  • Provides comprehensive services for clients through competencies (knowledge and skills) in the 12 core functions and Sanctuary Model.

  • Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

  • Is able to work well with others and actively participates as part of the treatment team.

  • Demonstrates high professional and ethical standards.

  • Acts as a positive role model, providing clients with guidance and support.

  • Demonstrates a working understanding of the Sanctuary Model as evidenced by the utilization of the Four Pillars and the 7 Commitments.


  • Screening – Conduct intake and assessments for detox program applicants.

  • Intake – Conduct initial assessment and complete required documentation at admission.

  • Orientation – Describe the detox program and treatment to new clients.

  • Assessment – Gather data from the client and other sources; analyze and interpret the data to identify client strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

  • Treatment Planning – Collaborate with the client to develop treatment plans, identifying and prioritizing problems, goals, and treatment methods.

  • Counseling – Provide individual, family, and group counseling.

  • Education – Provide clients and their families with information about substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, treatment, recovery, and resources.

  • Crisis management – Respond to client needs during extreme distress or emergencies including after hours on-call coverage.

  • Case Management – Coordinate with clients and resources to focus on identified needs and goals.

  • Referral – Identify client needs that can’t be met at Wellspring and assist client to use community resources and support systems.

  • Consultation – Relate with professionals on client treatment and services to assure comprehensive care.

  • Record Keeping – Maintain accurate and up-to-date counseling records.

  • Facilitate the maintenance of a group atmosphere conducive to rehabilitation.

  • Monitor the safety and security of clients and the facility.

  • Maintain client confidentiality and high ethical and professional standards.


  • Prepare for and participate in individual and group supervision, case review, and clinical staff meetings

  • Report to work promptly at assigned hours and submit accurate ONLINE timecards to the program director.

  • Meet continuing education and other requirements to maintain professional licenses related to the position. This education requirement includes continual education with the Sanctuary Model of Care.

  • Perform other duties as delegated by the program, clinical, or executive director.

Attendance and Dependability: Demonstrates Social Responsibility by reporting to work promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; submits accurate time sheets to the supervisor. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments.
Communication and Contact Demonstrates open communication by the employee’s ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information.

  • Conveys a welcoming, empathic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery. Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way. Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team. Has a therapeutic trauma-informed approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.
(This position is classified as exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.)

Job Type: Full-time

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