The Person of the Counselor

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The Person of the Counselor
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The Person of the Counselor
To be a substance abuse counselor requires having a level of understanding and capabilities that would allow the therapeutic process to take place successfully. The code of ethics specifically explains the importance of maintaining a professional relationship with clients (ACA, 2014). It is important to understand that working with individuals who have substance use problem may be challenging; therefore, counselors should be prepare to deal with these challenges. There are specific characteristics that could be beneficial for the therapeutic relationship and is important that the counselors maintain a non judgmental and non punitive behavior (NIDA).
Personal Strengths
One strengths I believe I have that could be beneficial when working with individuals who have a substance use problem is my working experience. I have eight years of experience working with individuals who have a mental health problem. One may be surprised of the amount of people who has a mental illness and also have an addiction. I have worked as a counselor for eight years and I have had to deal with substance use one way or another, this has given me a lot of experience and perspective about different individual cope with their substance use.
Another strength I believe I can bring to the table as a substance use counselor is my personal experience. In the past I have had personal issues with alcohol and other drugs; therefore, I have been able to experience recovery myself. I have been to in NA and AA meetings, I have participated in other forms of therapy including groups and individual and this has given me a different perspective about these issues.
Interestingly enough my relationship with substances has not only being my own, but also the relationship that I had with my…...

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