Skip to Main Content
← Back to Jobs

Substance Abuse Counselor

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Sterling, IL
  • Posted: 21 days ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), is a leading not-for-profit organization providing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. For over 150 years, LSSI has made a difference in the lives of children and families, and we're still a strong, viable presence in the State of Illinois, continuing that commitment to making a difference.

LSSI believes that providing comprehensive care and paying primary attention to restoring and maintaining the dignity of our clients begins at the point of intake and is key to the success of our programs.

This full time counselor position will manage a caseload of clients, complete assessments as clients arrive, facilitate several didactic groups and individual sessions per week, and provide case management and referral services for clients as they prepare to discharge from the facility.

If you are excited to engage clients in this fast paced, multi-disciplinary environment, and to work to change lives, then this job is for you!

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments of clients’ needs
  • Develop individualized treatment plans
  • Provide substance abuse counseling and case management services to a diverse population (individual and group counseling)
  • Provide crisis intervention and referral services as needed
  • Provide community outreach and education as requested
  • Participate in professional educational opportunities
  • Work in collaboration with the behavioral health network team
  • Assess for relapse potential and potential for clients to leave against staff advice. Provide appropriate intervention, utilizing clinical knowledge and engagement strategies. .
  • Ensure all documentation is complete in a timely manner, meets regulatory standards, and financial targets.


  • Minimum of bachelor's degree with 1-3 years in substance abuse industry.
  • Master’s Degree Preferred
  • Minimum of CADC
  • LSW, LPC, LCSW, LCPC Preferred

Other Requirements

  • Experience in providing substance assessment and counseling services (individual/group)
  • Effective communication and enthusiasm about a multi-disciplinary team approach to care
  • Excellent time management skills that may be utilized in a fast paced clinical environment
  • Provide culturally appropriate, competent and individualized treatment in accordance with each client’s age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and culture

What we Offer

  • Competitive salary based upon relevant education, experience and licensure.
  • Monetary Incentive rewards
  • Comprehensive benefits package including healthcare insurance, 26 days of paid time off per calendar year, 10 paid holidays, Sick time, 403(b) plan, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible hours.
  • Training, CEU Opportunities, supervision for clinical licensure
  • Room for advancement and an environment where you can utilize your education and experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Substance Abuse Counselor, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Counseling, Healthcare,

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Why Work Here?

Great place to work if you want to make a difference.

About Us Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is one of the largest statewide providers of social services. Our dedicated staff help children, adults, and seniors to transform their lives. We provide services to one of every 300 people in Illinois! Our skilled and diverse workforce has a passion for making a difference—in our clients’ lives and in the social services field. We provide foundational tools and professional development to help staff strengthen the impact of their work and further their careers. LSSI uses a whole person philosophy of care and leads the way in applying innovation and best practices in our programs. Our services include foster care, family intervention, early childhood education, mental health, counseling, addiction treatment, support for people with disabilities, affordable senior housing, home care for older adults, and re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated individuals. Whether you are an experienced professional, a recent college grad, reentering the workforce, or just starting out, consider a career with LSSI. We have over 50 offices across Illinois. Be a part of our team and make a difference! A wide variety of rewarding opportunities await you at LSSI! Join the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Talent Network today! What is a Talent Network? Joining our Talent Network will enhance your job search and application process. Whether you choose to apply or just leave your information, we look forward to staying connected with you. Why Join? Receive alerts with new job opportunities that match your interests Share job opportunities with family and friends through Social Media or email

What email should the hiring manager reach you at?

By clicking the button above, I agree to the ZipRecruiter Terms of Use and acknowledge I have read the Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email job alerts.

What email should we contact you at once we get salary info from the hiring manager?

By clicking the button above, I agree to the ZipRecruiter Terms of Use and acknowledge I have read the Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email job alerts.

Our qualification feature is only available to registered members - what email address would you like for us to keep on file?

By clicking the button above, I agree to the ZipRecruiter Terms of Use and acknowledge I have read the Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email job alerts.