Volunteer Code of Ethics
- Do not exploit personal relationships within SOS for personal gain.
- Do not under any circumstances sexually exploit or harass other individuals.
- Do not act in any way that violates the civil, legal, or ethical rights of others.
- Work to resist gossip, hearsay, and rumors
- Remember that in the eyes of the general public, we represent people in recovery at all
times and that your actions influence how the community sees the recovery movement.
Responsibility to People in Recovery
- The responsibility for personal recovery resides with the individual; understand that
personal recovery comes before any SOS activity.
- Strive to ensure that people in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction will be
treated with dignity and respect in their personal recovery process.
- Make an effort to see that SOS empowers recovering people in their physical, emotional and spiritual growth and that SOS provides opportunities for them to make significant contributions to themselves, their families and friends their communities, and our society.
- Work to represent all people in recovery, especially those who feel they have no voice.
Responsibility to the Organization
- Work under the overarching principles outlined in the SOS Vision and Mission.
- Always build SOS’ reputation and maintain SOS’ integrity
- Involve recovering people, their families, significant others, and friends in educating
policy makers, service providers, legislators, and the general public about the recovery process.
- See that SOS takes on a limited number of carefully chosen projects in order to maintain high-quality, successful outcomes. Participate in, support, and improve these projects.
- Respect the cultural diversity of the organization and encourage the expression of
diverse points of view.
- Participate in planning and programmatic decision-making processes.
- Hold existing leadership accountable so that future leadership is developed from within the organization.
- Reach out to new members of the SOS organization.
- Contribute to the overall health of the recovery community and the community at large.
- Express your opinion respectfully, tactfully, and at every opportunity.
- Promote recovery at every opportunity for you, your family and friends, for the
community, for society.
- Always strive to put a positive face and voice on recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.
- Maintain high standards of conduct.
- Treat each other with dignity and respect.
- Report and remove yourself from any real or perceived conflict of interest.