Addictions professionals work in a broad variety of disciplines but share an understanding of the addictive process that goes beyond the narrow confines of any one specialty. Specific proficiencies, skills, levels of involvement with clients, and scope of practice do vary widely among specializations. At their base, however, all addiction-focused disciplines are built on a common foundation.
This section focuses on a set of competencies that are transdisciplinary in that they underlie the work not just of counselors but of all addictions professionals. The areas of knowledge identified here serve as prerequisites to the development of competency in any of the practice specialties.