The Patient / Client – to assure competent, professional alcohol and other drug abuse services to persons suffering from chemical dependency; to improve the quality of service being provided to the client and family members. The Public – to assure professional competency, which will meet standards required for licensing, accreditation, and third-party payers.

The Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Professionals – to provide a respected, marketable credential of professional competency; to enhance the role of the addiction professional in alcohol and other drug abuse treatment and prevention.

The Profession – to provide a method whereby the highest professional standards can be established, maintained and updated.