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Doors of Hope

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor

Doors of Hope


Job Summary

Doors of Hope is seeking an experienced LADAC to provide individual and group counseling to participants in the Doors of Hope program as well as the Doors of Hope residential Treatment center. Duties and responsibilities may include alcohol, mental health, and drug assessments, completing intake assessments, making referrals, performing follow-up, facilitating educational groups, providing individual treatment services, and overseeing Case Management staff.

Job Responsibilities


  • Provides professional quality care, support, and guidance with all program patients and coordinates their treatment and services within and across the residential continuum of care
  • Performs all the domain and function competencies as recognized and regulated by TN Board of Health’s License
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor training and credentials
  • Evaluates the clinical goals, preferences, needs, barriers and strengths of the patient and support system, using a variety of standardized and empirical tools for the purposes of treatment planning
  • Diagnosis substance use disorders and/or other co-occurring mental health disorders within limits of scope of practice as defined by education, training, and license, coordinating closely with clinical supervisor, physicians and nurse practitioners as needed
  • Creates collaboratively a patient-centered plan of care to support behavioral change toward patient’s goals in establishing ongoing recovery management, including review and revision of the plan of care as needed, as well as creating continuing care plans for the next step on the continuum of care
  • Provides a variety of interactive psycho-educational groups focused on substance use disorders, common mental health issues, and skills to address these, including provision of professional and peer support resources internally and in the community
  • Facilitates individual and group counseling and/or therapy sessions, within scope of practice as defined by education, training, and license, utilizing evidence-based practices
  • Documents clinical activities in patient record according to established policies and procedures
  • Participates in daily and weekly team meetings and treatment plan review, as well as individual and group clinical supervision, according to organizational policy and licensure requirements
  • Collaborates with internal utilization review specialists and case manager to provide the necessary information for concurrent review including providing education and clarification for patient as needed
  • Communicates regularly with a wide variety of people in relationship with the patient, including family members, employee assistance professionals, physicians, referrals, judges, probation officers, etc., regarding treatment progress and continuing care needs, as releases of information and applicable law allow
  • Assists, in conjunction with clinical support team, in monitoring and managing the patient community as a therapeutic milieu, including working with patients with behavioral struggles in a manner that supports the individual patient and the community as a whole
  • Intervenes in crisis management to de-escalate situation and resolve crisis, using events as entries into the patient’s therapeutic process
  • Performs CPR and First Aid as needed
  • Provides, as part of a team, a therapeutic environment conducive to healing for patients throughout the continuum of care.
  • Recommends ways to improve the quality and delivery of services.
  • Maintains confidentiality of company and patient information
  • Responds productively to change
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Understands and adheres to the NAADAC/TN LADAC Code of Ethics



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • LADAC I required with LADAC II preferred;
  • One year experience involving addictions related treatment preferred with experience involving

female population with specific addiction treatment experience also preferred; and/or equivalent experience in job related activities

  • LADAC’s under supervision, with addiction related experience and who have a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work or related field will be considered



  • Counseling: ability to teach, model, and use evidence-based counseling practices for substance use disorders and common co-occurring disorders in support of recovery (12 Step philosophy) as appropriate to individual and program participants
  • Ability to self-manage in order to present a calm therapeutic demeanor and effective interventions for patients experiencing extreme stress responses
  • Ability to be open and culturally humble to a wide variety of patients whose experiences may be outside of the counselor’s own, including the full span of human development.


  • Ability to effectively speak, read, and write in English; second language, particularly Spanish is a plus;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in terms understandable to patient/family, as well as in clinically appropriate language;
  • Ability to communicate in a collaborative strengths-based manner that builds relationships, including those among the team.


  • Proficient in use of computer applications with ability to quickly learn and utilize specialty software, including electronic medical record;
  • Proficient in use of current video technology, as well as the use of various forms of media (slide decks, internet clips, etc.) for teaching purposes.

Professionals in Recovery:

  • Two years of uninterrupted recovery required with five years preferred;
  • Commitment to practice within professional codes of ethics, including NAADAC/TN Code of Ethics including keeping those codes of confidentiality as it relates to  Doors of Hope patients if one should leave employment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to feel objects with tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Additional Information


Tuesday-Friday work week 8:30- 5:30

Health Reimbursement Plan

15 paid holiday days a year

PTO 160 hours per year after 90 days

Empowering work environment

Opportunity for growth and training

Community development and opportunity to change lives

How to Apply

Sent resume and cover letter to




  • Date Posted: December 29, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 01/13/2023
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk