Last Updated on Apr 1, 2020 by James W


There is no job more rewarding than one in which you get to help others. While you might think that this means having a job in health care, those aren’t the only options. There might actually be more options in this area than you think.  Some of the good ones are teaching positions, mentoring positions, pro bono legal positions, positions in drug and alcohol abuse programs, and more. Let’s take a quick peek at a few others.

Social Work

Getting a degree in social work can open up quite a few opportunities for people who want a career where they will be helping people on a daily basis. This is an industry that has an expected growth potential of 12% in the next 8 years too! With a Masters in Social Work, you will even be able to get started in positions above entry level and even in some advanced roles in fields that include but are not limited to:

  • Correctional social work
  • Child welfare
  • Substance abuse
  • Public/medical health
  • Mental health
  • School social work

You might also decide to specialize and work in a field dedicated to helping victims of abuse as a childrens’ and womens’ advocate.

Social work is definitely a career in which one can truly make a mark on another’s life in a positive way. Having a Master’s degree in Social Work can mean that many doors will be open to you and it will also serve as proof to others that you have the skills and knowledge as well as the dedication and compassion that are needed to work and thrive in such a critical field. There are actually quite a few positions that you can find but there are 6 that seem to be quite popular and they are the ones that are listed above.

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Social Work and Drug Abuse

Abuse of and, yes, addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is a grave issue that affects the health, economic and social welfare of society as a whole. This includes opioids, which are a class of drugs that actually includes heroin along with such legal pain medications as Codeine, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and other pain relievers that are available by prescription. The estimated cost to American citizens for abuse and addiction to opioids is annually about $484 billion. It is also estimated to be responsible for half of the serious crimes committed in the United States.

People who earn an advanced degree in social work might choose to specialize so that they will be able to assist people who have drug related issues. Drug and alcohol addiction can affect several aspects of peoples’ lives and because of this, social workers might need to play a number of different roles while assisting these people. As an example, you might need to give their families some support while helping them to find housing that is stable and ensuring that they are getting the right type of medical attention for the addiction.

Social workers who have decided to specialize in the area of drug addictions will come to find that there are quite a few different substances that people get addicted to. These substances include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants
  • Prescriptions drugs

Regardless of what you decide to do in your quest to help people, whether it is social work or anything else, know that what you will be doing is some of the most important work in the world.

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