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Drug and Alcohol Counselor The Alamo Livingood Center 3151 Airway Ave Ste J2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 $22 - $26 an hour - Full-time - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Date Posted: Dec 20, 2021

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Urgently hiring

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$22 - $26 an hour
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    • Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certification (Required)

    • Bachelor's (Preferred)

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Professional development assistance

Full Job Description

Drug and Alcohol Counselor/Case Manager
Counselor and Case Manager Job Overview

The case manager/ drug and alcohol counselor will advocate for and advise clients within their assigned caseload. They will develop, monitor, and implement individualized treatment plans in collaboration with client and clinical team members. The counselor will possess characteristics such as highly developed interpersonal communication skills, empathy and compassion, ability to take on multiple tasks, and maintain a professional relationship with client and family members of the clients. Must be a self-starter and have a sense of urgency in regard to maintaining proper documentation. The counselor should have a good report with clients and be able to provide hope, support and understanding as well as provide direction to clients while helping them put their lives back together in a life of recovery.


  • Provide Group therapy Sessions as scheduled.
  • Provide Individual Counseling and Case Management Sessions weekly with clients.
  • Complete and maintain accurate EMR records regarding client histories and progress, must document all groups and individual sessions the day of sessions.
  • Develop client master treatment plans based on coordination of client goals/histories, clinical experience and clinical/recovery goals.
  • Review and evaluate client progress in treatment plans and maintain current record of progress of goals. Modify treatment plans as clients status changes and goals are met.
  • Interview clients at intake, review records, and confer with other clinicians on staff to evaluate clients’ mental and physical conditions, and to advocate for client care and services needed.
  • Complete a Biopsychosocial and other intake documentation.
  • Intervene as an advocate for clients to resolve crisis situations.
  • Be familiar with community resources.
  • Have and understanding or 12-Step programs and other outside support meetings such as Refuge or SMART.
  • Provide clients and family members with information about addiction, mental health and available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Be familiar or have experience treating dual diagnosis clients.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals and other health professionals at the center.
  • Attend all required training sessions and in-service trainings to increase knowledge and skills.
  • Plan and implement follow-up and aftercare planning for discharging clients.
  • Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients. Keep family members and loved ones informed of treatment progress.
  • Participate in case conferences and staff meetings with clinical director.
  • Act as a liaison between clients and clinical and or medical staff.
  • Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services and other services available.


  • Must be well-versed in counseling protocols and techniques, have excellent clinical skills and maintain professionalism in dress, speech and actions.
  • Must have good problem-solving skills, work well with others and be a team player.
  • Must have expertise in communicating with highly developed written and verbal skills.
  • Be able to enforce policies and procedures in a fair manner with clients.
  • Must be able to write legible, concise notes in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to speak clearly and give and follow simple instructions.
  • Ability to recognize the importance of confidentiality and discretion when working with clients.
  • Ability to use good judgment and give direction to clients to further their treatment progress or assist in crisis situations.
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience, and dedication.
  • Must have good time management and organizational skills.
  • Provide hope, feedback and direction to clients.
  • Be able to manage taking clients on recreational therapeutic outings or exposure outings.
  • Perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures and code of conduct of the center.
  • Drug Testing and Breathalyzing of clients and Documentation of testing.

Preferred Qualifications: Must have CADC-I, CADC- II or a CATC-III or LAADAC or equivalent. Must have at least 2 years experience in the substance abuse and mental health field. A bachelors degree or higher in psychology or related fields is a huge plus. Must be able to navigate through basic office setting, must be familiar with variety of office hardware (copy machine, computer, fax machine, etc.) and software (email, google docs, spreadsheets and databases). Should be familiar with Best Notes, Kipu or other EMR systems for documentation. Must have valid State driver’s license, CPR and First Aid Certified with current TB test.

About The Alamo Livingood Center and What we are looking for:

The Alamo Livingood Center in Costa Mesa is looking for dynamic and experienced Lead Case Managers/ Drug and Alcohol Counselor. We are in need of experienced LAADAC, CADC-II or CATC III or higher to over see counseling and case management of our clients as well as helping with general program oversight. We recognize natural talent with a desire to learn and will provide a significant amount of training however, we need someone that has advanced knowledge and experience. Our ideal candidate is someone who loves working with clients who struggle with addiction and mental health issues, who is creative, loving yet can help clients follow guidelines. Someone who is flexible and can handle taking care of clients in the office or on an outing having a fun sober experience with them. Someone who wants amazing opportunities to learn and room to grow in the company. We are looking for driven and a self-starter who does not need to be reminded to complete their duties. We would love to have someone who feels this is their life passion and that it shows in their work with the clients and pride in their overall work. There is room to grow with in our company for those that show the drive to move up in their careers.
The Alamo Livingood Center is a boutique sized center with a huge focus on very individual customized client centered care for substance/dual diagnosis clients and because we are owned by 2 therapists we specialize in primary mental health as well as addiction. We work to treat the whole person and offer many unique therapies and treatment options to help them. Because we are a small treatment facility we only focus on a small number of clients at one time in order to be able to give our complete care and attention to the clients care.
Pay is based on experience.

If you are interested or have further questions please inquire!

Thanks so much and look forward to meeting a new team member.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $22.00 - $26.00 per hour


  • Professional development assistance

Medical Specialty:

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Psychiatry


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay

COVID-19 considerations:
We have onsite Covid-19 testing for staff and clients as needed to help prevent Covid-19 related issues.


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • working in addiction or mental health: 2 years (Required)


  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certification (Required)

Work Location: One location



3151 Airway Ave Ste J2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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