CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS:

Modeled after the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Ethical Standards.

Principle 1: Non-Discrimination

The substance abuse professional should not discriminate against clients or professionals based on race, religion, age, sex, handicaps, national ancestry, sexual orientation or economic condition.

Principle 2: Responsibility

The substance abuse professional should espouse objectivity and integrity and maintain the highest standards in the services the counselor offers.

Principle 3: Competence

The substance abuse professional should recognize that the profession is founded on national standards of competency which promote the best interests of society, of the client and of the profession as a whole. The counselor should recognize the need for ongoing education as a component of professional competency.

Principle 4: Legal Standards and Moral Standards

The substance abuse professional should uphold the legal and accepted moral codes which pertain to professional conduct.

Principle 5: Public Statements

The substance abuse professional should respect the limits of present knowledge in public statements concerning alcoholism and other forms of drug addiction.

Principle 6: Publication Credit

The substance abuse professional should assign credit to all who have contributed to the published material and for the work upon which the publication is based.

Principle 7: Client Welfare

The substance abuse professional should respect the integrity and protect the welfare of the person or group with whom the counselor is working.

Principle 8: Confidentiality

The substance abuse professional should embrace, as a primary obligation, the duty of protecting the privacy of clients and should not disclose confidential information acquired, in teaching, practice or investigation.

Principle 9: Client Relationships

The substance abuse professional should inform the prospective client of the important aspects of the potential relationship.

Principle 10: Inter-professional Relationships

The substance abuse professional should treat colleagues with respect, courtesy and fairness and should afford the same professional courtesy to other professionals.

Principle 11: Remuneration

The substance abuse professional should establish financial arrangements in professional practice and in accord with the professional standards that safeguard the best interests of the client, of the counselor and of the profession.

Principle 12: Societal Obligations

The substance abuse professional should advocate changes in public policy and legislation to afford opportunity and choice for all persons whose lives are impaired by the disease of alcoholism or other forms of drug addiction. The counselor should inform the public through active civic and professional participation in community affairs of the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction and should act to guarantee that all persons, especially the needy and disadvantaged, have access to the necessary resources and services. The substance abuse professional should adopt a personal and professional stance which promotes the well-being of all human beings.

If you believe that a counselor certified through our board has violated one of these ethical principles, please contact our ETHICS CHAIR at Ethics@adacbga.org.

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