Substance Abuse Specialist for ACT Team - Hickory

Posted: 07/17/2022

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Location:  Hickory, NC

Job Status:  Full time


A Caring Alternative, LLC (ACA) is a well-established comprehensive care agency providing behavioral health and substance use disorder services to adults, adolescents, and children in Western North Carolina.

To learn more about us, visit our website at


Why apply at A Caring Alternative?


  • We celebrate diversity, so bring YOU!   We want you to be proud and comfortable to bring your true self and we strive to enhance the value of our work through respectful curiosity of one another’s culture.


  • Competitive Payrates!  We offer a competitive rate of pay. Work related mileage is paid tax free.


  • Pride in Your Work!  You can join an organization that seeks to set the standard for quality support services for people with mental illness.  We hope you will find satisfaction and take pride in your work here.


  • Strong Core Values!  Join our values-based, family-owned company with a culture that we care.


  • Grow!  Our strong core values include promotion and position changes for your career development.


  • Clinical Supervision!  Supervision is available for clinical licensure.


  • Flexibility!  We work in a team environment and promote flexibility.


  • Training!  Solid training is provided & paid by the company.


  • Benefits!

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full time employees.

  • 401(k) & Roth retirement plan
  • 401(k) matching
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off accrual begins upon hire, 100 hours first year
  • Major medical, dental & vision insurance
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Short term & long-term insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
Summary & Responsibilities


An Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team consists of a community-based group of medical, behavioral health and rehabilitation professionals who use a team approach to meet the needs of an individual with severe and persistent mental illness.

This service consists of substance use services and structured rehabilitative interventions intended to increase and restore an individual’s ability to live successfully in the community.


The role of the Substance Abuse Professional is to assess and track stages of change readiness and treatment and ensure that team treatment approaches are consistent with an individual’s readiness plan. 


Job Duties Include:

  • Assess and track the individual stages of change readiness and stages of treatment
  • Use cognitive behavioral approaches and relapse prevention to work with individuals in later stages of change readiness
  • Facilitate the Person Centered Planning process for individuals assigned to him or her
  • Serve as a consultant and educator to fellow ACT team members on the topic of integrated dual disorder treatment (IDDT)
  • Show knowledge and use of clinical process to achieve positive outcomes to include: evaluation, assessment, service, treatment planning, intervention techniques, aftercare, and transition planning
  • Remain available face to face or by telephone, 24 hours a day 7 days a week as staff serves as the first responder in the event of crisis situations. The service site will be at any location the consumer or family needs


Education and Experience Required:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work, Special Education, or other closely related Human Services area
  2. Two (2) years of professional experience with the adult mental health population


Licensure/Certification Requirements: LCAS, LCASA, CADC or CSAC


Resume must include degree earned (major & minor), graduation month & year, relevant employment dates including month and year, and populations served.


A Caring Alternative, LLC is a CARF accredited service provider with facilities in Asheville, Hickory, Marion, and Morganton, NC. A Caring Alternative, LLC is CABHA certified and a Trauma Informed Agency. We provide an array of services to Alexander, Buncombe, Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, Iredell, McDowell, and Mitchell counties which consist of Assertive Community Treatment Team, Community Support Team, Day Treatment, Integrated Care, Intensive In-Home, Medication Management, Outpatient Therapy, and Therapeutic Foster Care.


We are an equal opportunity employer.