Press Release to the Parliamentary Press Gallery



January 5, 2016 – Ottawa Ontario - The Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) applauds the courage of Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl for standing up and sharing with the nation that he is seeking to live an alcohol free lifestyle. By revealing his personal battle, he is bringing to light the darkness of addiction and that not only is recovery a reality, many like Seamus lead successful lives and contribute selfless service to society.

For many, it is difficult to fully understand the complexities of addiction and the challenge to come back from this devastating disease.  CACCF has been certifying addiction professionals for thirty years - but we still have a long way to go.  Nowhere in this country are addiction workers, like other disciplines, regulated.  “Why is it that my auto mechanic must be licensed but my Addiction Counsellor, dealing with complex human issues, does not.”? That is terrifying because we do not actually know who is counselling people who face such a complex human issue. 

The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) has offered the most effective and credible certifications to all addiction specific counsellors in Canada for over 30 years and is the only body in Canada that the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) recognizes as a credentialing leader. IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military. It is imperative that we ensure those who treat and counsel those with addictions are certified to do so. We must entrust such a serious health issue to trained professionals. Anything less than an educated, certified, and accountable professional, is not acceptable. 

By taking the action he did today MP Seamus O’Regan has opened up an imperative discussion that Canadians need to have about addictions in Canada and how overall, a decline in addictions side effects eases the strain on health and associated services, thus reducing the budgets of Governments across the Country.

Jeff Wilbee
Executive Director

Crystal Kapteyn
Director of Operations