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The Association for Addiction Professionals

The History of Recovery in the United States and the Addiction Profession

Free NAADAC Webinar

A component of the Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative

Watch: On Demand Recording
Download: PowerPoint Slides 
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Answers: Live Event Q & A
CE Credit: Online CE Quiz

Description: Since its inception, the addiction profession has been a leader in the recovery movement.  This webinar will outline major milestones in the history of addiction recovery in the United States and its role in the addiction profession.  The presentation will span the rise of Native American recovery circles in the 1700s through the rise of a new recovery advocacy movement, new recovery support institutions and new recovery support roles in the opening of the 21st century.  The Webinar will conclude with suggestions of the implications of these recent historical trends for addiction professionals.

Learning Objectives: As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • List at least three pairs of recovery mutual aid groups with each pair respectively representing a secular, spiritual or religious pathway of recovery;
  • Discuss at least three issues addressed within AA Traditions that contributed to AA’s survival and growth as an organization;
  • List at least four recovery support institutions that are not recovery mutual aid societies that are rapidly growing in the U.S.; and
  • Discuss at least two clinical implications of the diversification of recovery mutual aid societies in the U.S.

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn Continuing Education Credit: All applicants for CE credit are required to complete and pass this online CE Quiz. Members of NAADAC or AccuCare subscribers receive a Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CE credits for free.  Non-members of NAADAC or non-subscribers of AccuCare receive 1.5 CE credits for $20 (make payment here).  A CE certificate will be emailed to you within 21 days of submission and receiving payment, if applicable.  Click here for a complete list of who accepts NAADAC Continuing Education Credit.

William (“Bill”) White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United and a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery.  He has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, trainer and researcher.   Bill has authored or co-authored more than 400 articles, monographs, research reports and book chapters and 16 books.  His book, Slaying the Dragon - The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, received the McGovern Family Foundation Award for the best book on addiction recovery.  Bill’s sustained contributions to the treatment field in the United States have been acknowledged by awards from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NAADAC:  The Association of Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Native American Wellbriety Movement.  His widely read papers on recovery advocacy are published in the book Let’s Go Make Some History:  Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. He has also recently published three seminal monographs:  Recovery Management and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care:  Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices, Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support:  History, Theory, Practice and Scientific Evaluation, and Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance.  His latest book, co-edited with John Kelly, is Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research and Practice.  Bill’s collected papers can be found at

Who Should Attend: Direct care addiction counselors who provide addiction treatment and recovery services.

Will be Archived: This webinar will be recorded for later viewing.  Complete the registration form to receive after the live broadcast links to the free recording and the online CE Quiz.

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