Addictions Professionals Help People Get Their Lives on Track
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Victoria, BC (Vocus) September 25, 2009 -- British Columbia is struggling to provide support for addicted and
mentally ill citizens in the province. As the number of homeless addicts and mentally ill people in BC grows, the
need for trained social service professionals has never been greater.
In 2008, the BC health ministry commissioned a report that estimated there were 8,000 to 15,500 homeless adults
who suffered from serious addiction or mental illness. Even more addicted and mentally ill residents of BC were
inadequately housed, with an estimated 40,000 living in poverty. Social services professionals fear that without
the proper support, these people will never get back on their feet.
"Addictions and support workers help reduce homelessness by helping clients maintain their stability," says
Birgit Schinke, a support worker and college instructor in BC. "While counselors are stuck in an office, support
workers are often more mobile and can help a client attend to the tasks that will support their stability."
For those looking to enter the field of Addictions and Support work, a certain level of caring and compassion are
"Like all professions, not everyone is suited to this field," said Addictions professional, Jereme Brooks. "The
people that I’ve worked well with and have seen excel in this industry have a good sense of self, strong character,
good foundational values and a sense of humor. These people also present a strong sense of loyalty and
commitment; they have a sense of empathy towards people and feel a genuine desire to be of service to others."
Graduates from a certified Addictions and Community Services Worker program may find employment in a