Cover letter for drug and alcohol counselor(5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a drug and alcohol counselor.”

Examples of drug and alcohol counselor cover letters

When applying for a drug and alcohol counselor position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Drug and alcohol counselor cover letter”

“Clara Little

1 Main Street

New Cityland, CA 91010

Cell: (555) 322-7337


Dear Hiring Director,

As a highly skilled Drug and Alcohol Counselor, I read your posting for a new Drug and Alcohol Counselor with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking at Cornerstone Care, in particular my role as Drug and Alcohol Counselor with Calnova Support Center, and I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your organization.

With 11 years’ experience as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, I am adept in patient support, assessments, and care plans. Moreover, while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate leadership and analytical abilities, I excel at:

Conducting therapy sessions with individuals and groups.

Educating patients, families, and community members about addiction issues.

Collaborating effectively with all care team members.

Responding to patient, family, and organizational requests quickly.

In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for addiction support. I am extremely enthusiastic about Cornerstone Care’s focus on the youth and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to your patient care and treatment goals.

Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise and career achievements. I will follow up to request an appointment to discuss how my experience and background meets your needs.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Clara Little”

Sample 2: “Drug and alcohol counselor cover letter”


Michael Haynes

103 Mutton Town Road

Seattle, WA98101


Date: March 3, 2011


Gary McClure

Wishful Organization

3865 Carriage Lane

Sugar Notch, PA18706

Dear Mr. McClure,

The newspapers are filled with job openings these days and I was just waiting for the right position. Yesterday morning while going through the job column I came across your opening for substance abuse counselor. This is position in my field and I can assure you that I have more qualifications than what you have listed in the advertisement. I have been working as a substance abuse counselor since the last seven years. It all started during my teenage when I was volunteering during my summer break for a clinic and the decision was taken then. I decided to follow my interest, which lead me to complete my education in human services. During my course I interned with the university clinic. Today, I am a licensed substance abuse counselor.

You can find my attached resume for review. In my history you will come to know that I have had experience in working with all age groups as well as along with their families. Also, I have vast experience in social service, where I have worked in helping addicts recover and also in the transitional home. With my given experience I am sure that I will be the ideal candidate for this job.

I have always had the urge to help individuals and their families who have been affected with substance abuse. I can work at any time whenever my help is required. Today, also I make sure to offer volunteer help as and when I get time and help my previous clients as well.

It would be good if we could meet in person and have a small chat as to my experience and the future of your organization. You can reach me any time on 360-615-0384. Thank you for giving your time.


Michael Haynes

Enclosure: Resume”

Sample 3: “Drug and alcohol counselor cover letter”

“Maeve Guerra


City, State, Zip Code

Home: 000-000-0000

Grady Owens

Ocean Breeze Recovery

345 Bayside Drive

City, State, Zip Code


RE: Substance Abuse Counselor wanted

Dear Mr. Owens,

I am writing to apply for the position of Substance Abuse Counselor listed on your company’s website. With solid experience in rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling, I possess a the comprehensive skill set and hands-on understanding necessary to affect positive, overreaching outcomes for your patients. Please review these highlights from my resume:

8+ years of experience as a Substance Abuse Counselor, with expertise in clinical evaluations, treatment planning, referrals, detox support, and group counseling

Master of Science degree in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling from Ashwell University

Professional development and certifications in addiction counseling, motivational interviewing, CPR, and First Aid

The depth of experience I can offer is a great fit for your team’s needs in a Substance Abuse Counselor. I look forward the opportunity learn more about this opportunity and to discuss how I can contribute my strengths at Ocean Breeze Recovery. I appreciate your taking the time to review my credentials and experience.


Maeve Guerra”

Sample 4: “Drug and alcohol counselor cover letter”

“18 February 2021

Application for Addiction Counselor

Dear Hiring Manager,

As an Addiction Counselor with 4 years of experience in providing clinical and community-based services to individuals suffering from substance use disorders, I apply with enthusiasm for this role.

I am currently a Substance Abuse Counselor at Halliwell Health, where I provide assessment and individualized treatment to outpatient clients across Sunnybank County. Mirroring your requirements, I deliver individual/group/family therapy and psycho-educational services, referring clients to other resources as needed. I also work closely with local service agencies to coordinate cases, and act as a consultant for law enforcement and courts when called upon. This is an extremely challenging role which entails the meticulous handling of up to 300 cases at any one time. 

This builds upon my previous role an Addiction Counselor with Jacksonville Prison Services, where I  provided case management for offenders completing substance abuse education programs. I am incredibly proud of my success rate, with 73% of attendees still sober one year post-graduation.

In addition to my experience, I hold a Master of Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and am a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). I work calmly under stress, deftly defuse tense situations, and treat every client with respect and empathy.

Please find attached my résumé for your consideration. Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you regarding next steps.

Yours sincerely,

Marc Parker”

Sample 5: “Drug and alcohol counselor cover letter”

“Dear Mr. Lamere,

While poring over the job boards looking for a position in my field I found your ad for a Substance Abuse Counselor. Not only is this position in my field it is also one which I am extremely well qualified for. I have spent several years working in the substance abuse counseling field, I began as a volunteer at a clinic when I was a teenager and there found my calling. I followed up my interest by pursuing my degree in human services while continuing to work as a volunteer, assistant and eventually a licensed and certified substance abuse counselor.

My resume is attached for your consideration of my application for this position. I believe you will see that my history of working with substance abuse victims of all ages and their families, as well as my record of community service working at a transitional home for recovering addicts will convince you that I would be a wonderful addition to Spectrum Health Systems.

My dedication to providing counseling services to individuals and families that have been affected by substance abuse extends well past normal office hours. I still make myself available to volunteer at several places in the area to keep touch with previous clients and to help out when needed.

I would like to schedule a meeting with you where we can discuss how having me on board will help you improve your counseling services to substance abuse victims. I can be reached by phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email]


Christopher Sharon

Christopher Sharon

Resume Attached as MS Word Document”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of drugs and alcohol counselor cover letters

What are the qualities of a counselor?

Qualities of a counselor

  • Excellent communication. 
  • Empathy. 
  • Friendliness. 
  • Understanding of diversity.
  • Knowing when to act.

What is the role of a school counselor?

  • Listen to students’ concerns about academic, emotional, or social problems. 
  • Help students process their problems and plan goals and actions. 
  • Mediate conflict between students and teachers.

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