A certified addiction specialist refers to a person whose responsibility is to help people who are fighting various forms of addiction. These people include alcoholics, drug addicts, obsessed gamblers, and people with sleeping and eating disorders.
There are an increasing number of these specialists in the United States.
According to information from the government, the outlook for the increase in the number of addiction counselors by the year 2018 is at 20 percent. This is because more and more people are becoming aware of the negative effects of addiction and are seeking help. Courts have also begun a program where drug offenders can be sent to addiction treatment centers instead of jails.