Having worked as a substance abuse counselor for over 16 years, I have worked for, worked with and supervised a lot of counselors. I have seen some who were excellent counselors that found their jobs challenging and rewarding. I have also seen counselors who got discouraged, burned out and even regretted ever getting into the field. So before you invest time and money, be sure you have what it takes to be a quality counselor and to be happy doing it. I have listed some qualities that I believe are important, if you are planning on becoming an addictions counselor, or if you are in a position to hire addiction counselors.