Clients' rights are foundational principles that guide the ethical and respectful provision of care in Mental Health (MH) and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) treatment. Central to these rights is the principle of autonomy, emphasizing an individual's right to make informed decisions about their own treatment. Informed consent is a key component, ensuring that clients have a clear understanding of the nature, risks, and benefits of interventions. Privacy and confidentiality are crucial aspects, safeguarding sensitive information and promoting trust in the therapeutic relationship. Clients also have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination or judgment. Practitioners must actively involve clients in the planning and evaluation of their care, fostering a collaborative and empowering approach. Upholding clients' rights not only ensures ethical practice but also contributes to a therapeutic environment that values individual agency and promotes positive mental health outcomes.
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