Counselor Burn-Out: The Revolving Door Syndrome

  • Catherine E. Jordan


Counselor Burn-out and low success rates are two inter-related serious problems confronting workers in the drug abuse field. Counselor burn-out is often attributed to the low success rate, but the reverse holds true as well since burned-out counselors lose a lot of their motivation and energy. Counselors become especially discouraged and burned-out when they continually see what is often called the “revolving door” syndrome. This involves addicts coming in repeatedly for detox but not for counseling services. This often creates a vicious cycle as burned-out staff are less apt to reach out and expend the effort necessary to get clients into treatment which only perpetuates the syndrome. This paper focuses on the dual problems of the “revolving-door” syndrome and counselor burn-out.


Return Rate Counseling Session Heroin Addict Revolving Door Vocational Rehabilitation Service 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine E. Jordan
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  1. 1.Santa Monica Bay Area Drug Abuse Council, Inc.USA

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