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Why Choose to Become an Addiction Therapist in Wyoming

As a Wyoming resident, one of the best fields that you can choose to go into, assuming that you are cut out for it of course is addiction therapy. Not only do addiction therapists make a higher than average salary based on salaries for all professions across the state, but they also enjoy a lot of flexibility and choice in their jobs. They can choose to work in a variety of different positions and in a wide range of settings. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, they have the knowledge that they make a difference each and every day that they go to work. Addiction therapists' jobs are all about improving other people's quality of life and making the world a better place. That can't be said for most other professions in the world, which is perhaps why so many people find this career so incredibly rewarding on a personal level.

As mentioned above, addiction therapists in the state have a great deal of choice when it comes to deciding what they will do, who they will work with, and where they will work. Many addiction therapists work one on one with patients who have substance abuse or addiction problems, while others host group therapy sessions. Some choose not to work with the addicts directly but instead work with the friends, family members, spouses, and children of addicts who have been affected by the disease. Some also choose to work in research capacities, trying to learn more about the disease of addiction and finding new ways of treating it. Some supervise private hospitals or rehabilitation centers, and some even work in prevention, helping to stop addiction before it ever has a chance to take hold of another life.

With all of these different manners of working, it's no surprise that addiction therapists can choose to work in a wide range of settings. Some work in hospitals, while others work in private or state run rehabilitation facilities. Other common workplaces include private practices, prisons or jails, juvenile detention centers, the school system, group homes, homeless shelters, halfway houses, and even in the addicted person's own home. Those who work in the patients' homes tend to be what is known as "sober coaches," meaning it is their job to coach a person newly released from a treatment facility or incarceration to overcome their addiction and to learn to cope with life without the addictive substance or behavior.

While all of this choice may sound great, don't let us fool you into thinking that being an addiction therapist is easy. To be qualified and to work in the field takes years of hard work and dedication, and that's all before you even start your first job. You must attend school, seek licensure or certification if required for your exact profession, and complete internships and other experiential learning projects. Then, once work actually starts, you will often have a demanding schedule, sometimes being on call for hours or even days at a time. However, many people do feel that the benefits far outweigh the downsides.

In order to be successful in the field, you should be a kind, caring, positive, nurturing person with good listening skills who is patient, understanding, and non-judgmental. These are usually skills that cannot be learned but that must be innate within you. If you fake them, the people who you are working with will be able to tell. And also, you will not enjoy your job or be happy in your career, so there's really no point in doing it at all.

Though loving and caring for your patients is important, you also have to learn how to create distance between yourself and them and between your work life and your personal life. If you cannot, you run the risk of becoming burnt out quite easily. This can take a bit of work and practice to develop, which is why many addiction therapists quit within the first few years of their jobs. If, however, you are able to walk this careful balance and to find enjoyment and fulfillment in your job, this can be one of the best and most rewarding career choices you'll ever make.