Monday, February 20, 2006

Rule 62 = Don't take yourself so seriously!

Rule 62 = Don't take yourself so seriously!

:)  "True addiction recovery lies in the ability to deal with root issues, not simply medicate the symptoms of them." ~   DB

Five simple rules of  happiness:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path!"

When All Else fails use Rule 62.

If you are a multiple addict and having trouble getting through the modern diagnosis process to gain an effective recovery, please read through these pages. Need assistance with an counselor issue...?  Check out the good information and links at

Contact: Addictionz
Victoria, BC Canada  Tel 250-418-5110

Counselor Defined: Here are two definitions found at .

coun·sel·or also coun·sel·lor (koun?s?-l?r, -sl?r)n.
A person who gives counsel; an adviser.
An attorney, especially a trial lawyer.
A person who supervises young people at a summer camp.

counselor \Coun"sel*or\ (koun"s?l-?r), n. [Written also counsellor.] [OE. conseiler, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliarius, fr. consilium counsel.] 1. One who counsels; an adviser.
Can he that speaks with the tongue of an enemy be a good counselor, or no? --Shak.
2. A member of council; one appointed to advise a sovereign or chief magistrate.
3. One whose profession is to give advice in law, and manage causes for clients in court; a barrister.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

“Good counselors lack no clients.” --Shak.

Ethics for Counselors

In order to choose a counselor, it is advisable to see if that counselor has a certification of some kind. It is quite hard to obtain this information as government regulations vary as to counselors.

However, there are associations who are trying to establish benchmarks for levels of service offered by addictions counselors. Click here to locate one in your area so that you may obtain specific information about the counselor and the status of his/her certification.

If you are interested in getting a good idea of the training that these counselors have been involved in, then visiting this site may be helpful.
The Canon of Ethics for I.C.A.D.C. counselors in Canada is listed here and is quite explanatory.

Believe the dignity of all human beings, and pledge my service to the well being and betterment of all members of society;

Recognize the right of humane treatment of anyone suffering from alcoholism or drug abuse, whether directly or indirectly;

Promote and assist in the recovery and return to society of every person served, assisting them to help themselves, and referring them promptly to other programs or individuals, when in their best interest;

Maintain a proper professional relationship with all persons served, assisting them to help themselves, and referring them promptly to other programs when in their best interest;

Adhere to established precepts of confidentiality in all knowledge, records and materials concerning persons served, and in accordance with any current government regulations;

Ensure that all interpersonal transactions between myself and persons served are non-exploitive and essential to their good recovery;

Give due respect to the rights, views and positions of any other alcoholism and/or drug counsellors and related professionals;

Respect institutional policies and procedures, and cooperate with any agency management with which I may be associated, as long as this remains consistent with recognized standards, procedures and ethics;

Contribute my ideas and findings regarding alcoholism and other drug addictions and their treatment and recovery, to any body of knowledge, through appropriate channels;

Refrain from any activities, including the abuse of alcohol, drugs or other mood altering chemicals where my personal conduct might diminish my personal capacity, denigrate my professional status, or constitute a violation of the law;

Avoid claiming or implying any personal capabilities or professional qualifications beyond those I have actually attained, recognizing that competency gained in one field of activity must not be used improperly to imply competency in another;

Regularly evaluate my own strengths, limitations, and biases, or levels of effectiveness, always striving for self-improvement and seeking professional development by means of further education and training.

This code of ethics is published here as a sample only... please contact the issuing body in your area to see the exact wording for your jurisdiction.

It is important that you have some knowledge about your situation. When an abusive situation occurs document it in a notebook and write about how you feel about it, also write all facts down that are pertinent to the situation.

Counselors are by and large becoming a dominant and useful profession, however they are not as closely regulated as other professionals and therefore have freedoms and creative license that are not  always effective. Also, they are humans and need to have an income so may be tempted to keep you "sick" as it is in their financial interests to do so.

The solution is to stick up for your client rights from the beginning or if you have been taken advantage of,  to stop it now and get your grievance resolved rather than butting heads.

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