How to become a drug and alcohol worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
There are part-time college courses which will give you an understanding of some of the issues. These include:
- Level 1 or Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness
- Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could start out by completing an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship then move into support work.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can be a support worker with few qualifications, as long as you have enough relevant experience and the qualities employers are looking for.
You could apply directly to become a drug and alcohol worker. There are no formal entry requirements. You could have an advantage if you've got personal experience of addiction or dependency.
You may also come into this work from a variety of backgrounds, like nursing, criminal justice, social care, youth work or counselling. For example, you may have dealt with drug or alcohol-dependent patients as a nurse, or worked in the probation service, supporting offenders after their release.
You can find out more about becoming a drug and alcohol worker from Turning Point.