Basic Framework

A system of certification must have a foundation in fundamental principles or basic assumptions. The principles upon which these guidelines are built are:

Principle I

The primary function of an addictions counselor is to identify, evaluate, and treat persons who experience personal problems (physical, emotional, social, or vocational) related to addictive substance use.

Principle II

An addictions counselor shall function to enhance the dignity and protect the human and legal rights of the client.

Principle III

The addictions counselor shall subscribe to the professional standards similar to those that have been traditional in other human and health care services.

Principle IV

An addictions counselor shall not discriminate against any person desiring treatment services on the basis of race, national origin, sex, sexual preference, or age; or engage in sexual harassment in any form.

Principle V

The addictions counselor, to ensure integration of services and the continuity of care, shall be knowledgeable of and willing to utilize the community resources in the human service system and the appropriate referral process.

Principle VI

The addictions counselor shall participate in a system of evaluation through which there is a continual examination of personal goals and objectives related to client care and professional standards.

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