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Spotlight on Substance Misuse- Recovery Practitioner

  • Publish Date: Posted 7 months ago
  • Author:by Abi Dickson


Within this blog, we have asked one of our candidates, within our Substance Misuse division, questions you may ask yourself, or questions that will give you a further insight into the role of a Recovery Practitioner within the Substance Misuse industry. If you're looking at a career change, or perhaps just a deeper insight into working as a Recovery Practitioner, read on to discover more.

How did you get into this line of work?

I had struggled with substance misuse issues from a young adult age, now I’ve recovered, my experiences encouraged me to want to help others too. I went on to study Health and Social Care at University where I completed a Level 3 qualification and various training qualifications within drug and alcohol treatment.

What are your average daily duties?

My days can differ throughout the week, however duties within my job include being allocated a caseload, in which I book for face-to-face meetings or phone calls, this allows me to find out further information about the situation of the individual. After the initial meeting, I would then assess the individual through psychosocial assessment, blood-borne virus testing, urine testing, and also a brief intervention. Following this, I would then prepare scripts, which would require me to be switched on to ensure the client receives the correct medication. At the end of each day, it’s vital that I check over my notes and confirm they’re all completed for each client correctly.

What do you enjoy about your role?

Having had Substance Misuse issues myself, helping people see the light at the end of the tunnel, and knowing they have someone to relate to is something I find rewarding within my role. I also find huge job satisfaction when I manage to clear someone of substance misuse, seeing individuals find their life back, and be reunited with their family is amazing to see.

What do/did you find challenging?

Every day is a new challenge, but I personally find it difficult to encourage individuals to come in for a face-to-face meeting, as people tend to opt for a phone call.

What would you say are the main qualities needed for working in Substance Misuse?

To work within substance misuse, there are numerous qualities that are essential within the role. Personally, I believe it’s important to have strong communication skills, efficient time management, and ensure you always keep confidentiality.

Should you be interested in a role within Substance Misuse, you can search our jobs on our website or give our team a call at 01772 208962

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