Detox Attendant

This is responsible, paraprofessional work in the supervision and care of consumers who evidence chemical dependency or substance abuse problems. Consumers are assigned to a medically monitored inpatient detoxification program. It is the responsibility of the attendant to ensure that established procedures and program guidelines are followed and to assist consumers as they begin their recovery efforts.

This employee performs work that involves establishing effective interpersonal relationships with residents, co-workers, and other members of a treatment team. The attendant monitors the well-being of consumers and makes appropriate reports to professional staff, supervises the residential environment, and monitors activities. Work is performed under supervision, however, the employee is expected to perform moderately complex duties without detailed instruction.

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

1. Remains alert during working hours; attends work as scheduled, and complies with the attendance policy.

2. Observes, reports and records significant changes in resident activities, resident behaviors and physical condition.

3. Admits and discharges residents in accordance with established procedures. Makes
periodic checks of residents and their activities, and completes required records of

4. Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly residential environment. Monitors activities of
residents. Enforces rules and established procedures. Makes reports of significant
activities to the supervisor.

5. Monitors the physical and emotional status of residents. Takes and records measures of residents’ general physical condition in accordance with specified procedures.

6. Provides assistance and support to residents to ensure comfort.

7. Intervenes as needed with residents in crisis. Makes appropriate, prompt reports in
the case of emergencies such as health or behavioral health crisis in compliance with
established procedures.

8. Assists nurses and counselors, when required.

9. Keeps records and reports, organizes files, and files documents in accordance with
specified procedures.

10. May be required to provide transportation for clients in the community.

11. Attends required meetings and training as scheduled.

12. Complies with Code of Conduct. Reports violations immediately.

13. Maintains the confidentiality of consumer and business information.

14. Performs other duties as may be assigned.


Some knowledge of the general nature of addiction and ability to recognize and meet the emotional and physical needs of residents.

Skill in communicating effectively with others.

Skill in resolving conflicts and negotiating with others.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with residents, co-workers, supervisors, law enforcement, and the general public.

Ability to assist, and exercise tact, patience, and understanding of others.

Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect clients and assist with clients.

Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.

Ability to enforce program rules and regulations.

Ability to give first aid and perform emergency treatments as instructed.

Ability to accurately report and record observations.

Ability to understand and follow oral as well as written directions and procedures.

Ability to safely lift and physically manipulate residents.

Ability to work under stressful conditions.


1. High school diploma or GED.


2. One (1) or more years of successful work experience in human services, or in the
rehabilitation of persons suffering fro chemical dependency, mental illness, serious
emotional disturbance or similar rehabilitation programs.


3. Two (2) years of successful work experience.


No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years, under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal Corrections Departments,
nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.

The successful candidate MUST, within 90 days of employment, obtain and maintain current certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Driving may be required for this position. The successful candidate must have and remain in possession of a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and be insurable under the
agency’s motor vehicle insurance policy.

All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.

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