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Front-lines of the Opioid Epidemic: Coming Together to Combat Opioid Public Health Crisis

Welcome to the front-line of the opioid epidemic. Where those who are struggling with addictions to prescription painkillers and heroin need treatment and counseling to get their life back on track and their years of active addiction behind them.

It is no secret how we got here.

Between 2006 to 2017, prescription opioids were being handed out to people with headaches to car injuries as if they were candy. From that time alone, nearly 3 BILLION opioid prescriptions were written, roughly 21 to 29 percent of those patients were misusing the pain medicine prescribed, 4 to 6 percent ended up switching to heroin, and now we are left with 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses.

In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. This is tragic, if not devastating.

ABTRS motto is Saving Lives and Healing Families and it breaks our heart to know that they are dying. Immediately, we felt obligated to do something. Each patient that walks through the doors of our recovery network has life goals, a family, a dream that got taken away by addiction. An addiction that was fueled with lies and greed.

Do you know who loved these struggling addicts until they learned to love themselves again?

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors.

Rehab house managers, peer support group specialists, health service managers and physicians, and case managers.

These dedicated, compassionate individuals that dive into the front-lines of the opioid epidemic with the knowledge, heart, and patience offering help free of judgement or ridicule.

That is who.

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The Growing Need for Substance Abuse Counselors & Addiction Specialists

It is no surprise to tell you that the need for substance abuse and mental health counselors is in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. That is just the counselors and therapists that work with these individuals every day.

The health service managers and physicians that provide medical support for recovering addicts are also projected to grow 20 percent and the social and community service managers are also projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026. It is left to private and public substance abuse treatment facilities to do their part too and ABTRS is happy to help.

ABTRS Addiction Education Scholarship

One method that ABTRS is doing to help combat the national opioid public health crisis is to support the next generation of counselors, treatment facility managers and staff, peer support group specialists, health service managers, physicians, and case managers. To encourage them to go to college to seek degrees and certifications that will help the struggle addicts that are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

The ABTRS Addiction Education Scholarship is an educational scholarship awarded in the amount of $500 for the spring semester to (1) student pursuing a college degree, who is studying in the field of addiction services and research and demonstrating academic excellence.

The deadline for the Scholarship is June 30th, 2019, and the award recipient will be contacted July 15th, 2019 to receive their funds for the Spring Semester.

ABTRS Education Scholarship Applicant Requirements

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.00
Residency: Arizona State
Enrollment status: Full-time, Part-time
Academic level: Undergraduate or Graduate Programs

Field of study: Student Counseling And Personnel Services
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences Business Services
Human Development, Family Studies, And Related Services
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, Other
Behavioral Sciences
Human Services, General
Social Work

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Additional Submission Criteria For The ABTRS Scholarship

This Educational Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a careers in:

Alcohol Drug Addiction Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Mental Health Counselor
Clinical Counselor

Addiction Medicine
Behavioral Counselors
Case Managers
Behavioral Health Technician

Marriage and Family Therapist
Child Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist

Peer Support Specialist
Clinical Supervisors
Eating Disorder Therapist
Group Therapist

Submission Essay and Documents

Your submission essay should be 1000-1500 words about:

  • Why you are interested in the field of Addiction Recovery.
  • Whether you have a personal connection to addiction, and/or what difference you hope to make in the industry.
  • Any extracurricular activities, volunteer work, or job related experience you would like to share related to drug & alcohol abuse treatment or counseling.
  • Or how the opioid epidemic has influenced your life to the point of pursuing a career in a field that will directly impact this health crisis.  

Include a letter of recommendation from a college professor or High School Teacher, and a copy of College or High School Transcripts.

When you are ready, please submit your essay and requested documents as a single PDF or .docx file.

A Better Today has a Privacy Policy for all applicants submissions. These submissions will NOT be shared and are for A Better Today’s use only. No third party will be granted access to any information that we collect during this process. At the time of the submission deadline, we will evaluate all submissions and individually contact each winning applicant.

  • Include a Submission Essay

    Your submission essay should detail why you want to work in the field of addiction, whether you have a personal connection to addiction, what career path you are hoping to take within the field, and how you hope to make a difference. Additionally, list any work you are currently doing in the field, whether paid or voluntary.

  • Include a letter of recommendation from a college professor or High School Teacher.
  • Include a copy of College or High School Transcripts.
  • Please submit the required documents as a single PDF of .docx file.

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