Substance Use Therapist


About the organization

Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We offer 30 innovative programs at more than 75 locations throughout Chicago, the adjacent suburbs, and four surrounding counties. Services include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care, substance use treatment, and research.

Thresholds’ staff meets people where they are – out in the community. Offering services in a community-based setting makes them more accessible and effective and lessens the social exclusion that is often present in the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and substance use conditions. This allows our staff and clients to work on skills, clinical interventions, and recovery that allows them to live independent lives in their own neighborhoods.


Contribute your substance use treatment skills and experience to make a positive change in your community! The Center for Mental Wellbeing, Thresholds’ Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) is a one-stop shop for mental health and substance use services based in the south side of Chicago for families and individuals of all ages. The Center is committed to providing care regardless of ability to pay, and cares for those who are underserved, low income, are insured, uninsured, or on Medicaid. We offer a sliding scale program that provides discounted services to individuals based on family size and income. As the Substance Use Therapist, you will provide individual and group therapy in the clinic setting to community members with a profound need.

Every week, you will work with individuals with substance use disorders for brief outpatient therapy. Meet clients where they are in their recovery journey, using harm reduction practices to encourage clients in all stages of treatment from preparation to action and relapse prevention. You will meet face-to-face with the client or guardian to assess needs, identify goals, and develop integrated treatment plans. Often this will look like individual therapy sessions, but you will also provide group therapy, facilitate therapeutic workshops, and encourage clients to attend mutual aid groups. You will also do case consultation and crisis intervention.


To succeed in this role, you need:
Passion for mental health and substance use advocacy
Excellent communication and relationship-building skills
Good writing skills
Strong time management and organization
Flexibility to work with different populations and needs (various ages, groups, couples, individuals)
Competence with incorporating various modalities into practice
Willingness to work 1-2 evenings each week
Willingness to travel in the community (approximately 5-10% of the time) to meet with clients either in their homes or another community location, and the ability to reliably self-transport to these locations.

Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field
Clinical licensure preferred (LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, LSW, LPC)
CADC preferred
Prior experience providing substance use treatment preferred


54,000 - 60,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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