In 1972, a group of addiction counselors founded the National Association of Alcoholism Counselors and Trainers (NAACT) to address the need for organized consituency to represent the interests of the addiction profession. That association eventually evolved into NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. 

Over the past 50 years, NAADAC has been proud to serve our members and represent the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.

NAADAC wants to thank all of our members, past, present, and future, for helping our organization create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support. We invite you to become a NAADAC member or renew your membership today and join us as we continue to advance the addiction profession for the next 50 years!

What Can NAADAC Do for You?


NAADAC Free Webinar Series - Access over 300 CEs of free educational webinars are available to enhance your knowledge and skills. Education credits are FREE for NAADAC members.

NAADAC Specialty Online Trainings - NAADAC offers specialty online training that address specific addiction treatment-related education needs, such as technology, veterans, ethics, wellness, and more! Both NAADAC members and non-member must pay a fee to access this education and receive a CE certificate.

Magazine Articles - Every issue of NAADAC's magazine, Advances in Addiction & Recovery is eligible for one continuing education (CE) hour.

Independent Study Courses - Earn CEs with various NAADAC Independent Study Courses (includes study guide and online examination). NAADAC Members receive reduced rates on all of NAADAC's independent study courses!

Conferences - Attend NADAC's Annual Conference, national Advocacy in Action Conference, regional conferences, and state affiliate conferences. NAADAC members receive reduced rates on registration!

Certificate Programs - Demonstrate advanced education in diverse topics with the NAADAC Certificate Programs, including NAADAC's Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR).

SAP Qualification: NAADAC offers an initial qualification course and a requalification course that will provide you with the required 12 hours of professional development relevant to performing SAP functions for people who wish to obrain their U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification.

NAADAC CE Acceptance - Find out what boards and organizations accept NAADAC Certificates of Completion.


NAADAC Knowledge Center - Access NAADAC's full catalog of free webinars, specialty online trainings, magazine articles, blog posts categorized by topic all in one place. 

Bookstore - Quickly and conveniently purchase NAADAC's extensive collection of online and print materials covering a wide range of topics, including the Basics of Addiction Counseling, Pharmacology, Ethics, Co-occuring Disorders, Conflict Resolution for Recovery, Medication-Assisted Treatment & Recovery (MATR), SBIRT, and much more. NAADAC members receive discounts on most NAADAC publications, apparel, and gifts! 

Advances in Addiction & Recovery Magazine - Advances in Addiction & Recovery, the official digital publication of NAADAC, is a quarterly magazine for NAADAC members focused on providing useful, innovative, and timely information on trends and best practices for the addiction profession.

Addiction & Recovery eNews & Professional eUpdate - NAADAC's Addiction & Recovery eNews is a bi-weekly eNewsletter delivering breaking news, innovations, research, and trends to our constituents every other Friday. The Professional eUpdate is a weekly eNewsletter delivering the latest news from NAADAC and partner organizations, including educational events, trainings, resources, and career opportunities, to our constituents every Wednesday.

NAADAC's Online Community - The NAADAC Online Community allows you to connect with addiction professionals to share ideas and strategies that will help you excel in the addiction workforce and better assist your clients. The NAADAC Online Community is a members-only benefit! Not a member? Join today!


The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) - The NCC AP, under the auspices of NAADAC, operates as an independent body for all matters involving the Association’s substance use disorders counselor certification and endorsement opportunities at the national and international level. Click here to learn more about NCC AP.

Types of NCC AP Certifications - The NCC AP has instituted three foundational credentials for addiction counselors, three opportunities for specialization credentials, and one specialization endorsement. Learn more about which credential is right for you by viewing the SAMHSA-NAADAC Addiction Professional Education & Career Ladder.

Credential FAQs - Find answers to many of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding NCC AP national credentials at If you still have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

States and Boards Using NCC AP Exams - Several state certifying boards use the NCC AP written examination as their own due to the high standards of knowledge and security of our tests. Click here to learn more about NCC AP test acceptance.

Testing and Distance Proctoring - The NCC AP provides testing for national credentialing and for state licensure on behalf of many state licensing/certification boards. Distance proctoring is also availble for testing! 

Certificate Programs - Demonstrate advanced education in diverse topics with the NAADAC Certificate Programs, including NAADAC's Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR).


Annual Conference* - Every year, NAADAC hosts an Annual Conference that brings together addiction professionals from accorss the globe for days of education, training, networking, and capacity-building with thought leaders in the addiction profession!

This year, the NAADAC 2022 Annual Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held in Indianapolis, IN, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis from October 7 - 12, 2022. Participate in keynote sessions, 60 breakout sessions across 10 tracks, an exhibit hall, networking opportunities, pre and post-conference sessions and so much more! Register now and earn up to 45 CEs!

CRR Training* - Learn how the brain works in conflict and strategies to affect the quality of recovery in relationships with NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP! Click here to find out when and where the next Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR) training is taking place.

SAP Qualification* - Join NAADAC President Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP-II, for live two-day in-person or virtual U.S. DOT SAP Qualification and/or Requalification Courses! Click here to find out when and where the next SAP Qualification is taking place.

Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit - This two-day event features prominent industry professionals speaking on critical issues in the Black community relevant to treatment and recovery. Sessions and panel discussions from past Virtual Engagement in the Black Community Summits are now available to watch on demand

Advocacy in Action Conference* - The NAADAC Advocacy in Action Conference is designed to educate addiction professionals about current public policy issues and to bring their day-today experiences and stories to decision-makers at all levels of government. Click here to watch the recorded Advocacy 101 and 201 sessions from past conference on demand!

Affiliate Conferences - NAADAC is proud to support its state affiliates as they provide education and training to addiction professionals throughout the country through affiliate-hosted conferences. Click here to find an upcoming conference near you!

Calendar of Events - Find even more events in NAADAC's master calendar of addiction-related events across the U.S. and abroad. Click here to access the calendar now. 

*NAADAC members receive reduced rates on registration!

Professional Services

Telehealth- NAADAC Members receive a 15% discount off all Clocktree Systems Inc. plans for the lifetime of their NAADAC membership. Try Clocktree for FREE for 30 days, then select the plan that's right for you!

Professional Liability Insurance* - NAADAC Members receive reduced rates for professional liability and premises liability insurance for individuals, agencies, peer recovery support specialists, and students through American Professional Agency, Inc. (APA, Inc.). Call 800.421.6694 for full details.

Career Center - Find your ideal career in NAADAC's Career Center, where organizations across the country and the globe post open job listings!

Online Community* - NAADAC Members have exclusive access to the NAADAC Online Community, where you can connect with addiction professionals to share ideas and strategies that will help you excel in the addiction workforce and better assist your clients.

Code of Ethics - NAADAC provides a nationally recognized and newly updated Code of Ethics to promote professional ethics.

Other Services* - Additional benefits of NAADAC membership include:

  • Free first-time listing in Psychology Today's Therapy Directory for six months ($180).
  • 20% discount on select prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources from Hazelden Publishing. The discount applies to Hazelden-published recovery support books as well as evidence-based programs and curricula. 
  • 20% discount on the digital version of Uppers, Downers, All Arounders - Provider Edition by Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADC-V, CADC III. 
  • 50% discount on subscriptions to Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly (print or digital). 

*Exclusively for NAADAC Members!

For Organizations

Approved Education Providers - The NAADAC Approved Education Provider program highlights a continuing education provider’s commitment to quality education and dedication to excellence. A provider status will identify your program as meeting the nationally approved standards of education developed for the addiction counseling profession.

Advertise with NAADAC - NAADAC offers solutions for targeted and integrated multi-media campaigns. Organizations can market their products or services to thousands of addiction professionals through ads in NAADAC's bi-weekly Addiction & Recovery eNews, NAADAC webinar sponsorship, conference sponsorship, and more!

Career Center - Partner with NAADAC to find the right professional for your organization! Job postings in NAADAC’s Career Classifieds provides your organization with the opportunity to reach thousands of addiction professionals from across the country.

Organizational Membership - Demonstrate your organization's commitment to quality standards and leadership in the field of addiction treatment by joining NAADAC as an Organizational Member! Benefits include discounts on digital advertisements in NAADAC's bi-weekly Addiction & Recovery eNews, exhibit booth space at NAADAC Conferences, and more! Organizational Members are also featured in NAADAC's online Organizational Member Directory.

Request a Mailing List - NAADAC's diverse membership reflects the increasing variety of addiction services professional: counselors, administrators, social workers and others who are active in counseling, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support education and research. 

For Students

Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC)  - The MFP-AC administers Master’s degree-level counseling fellowships for addictions counseling students who demonstrate knowledge of and experience in addictions/substance use disorder services to underserved communities.

PhD Candidate Survey Service - NAADAC is happy to work with PhD candidates from accredited educational institutions to distribute a dissertation-related survey to NAADAC’s membership and/or constituents.

William White Scholarship - The William White Scholarship was created to promote student addiction studies research. It is awarded annually to one graduate NAADAC student member and one undergraduate NAADAC student member with the best student addiction research paper on the assigned topic in that year and applied directly to the students' educational debt.

Professional Liability Insurance for Students - NAADAC Student Members have access to reduced-rate student-specific insurance policies for internships and practicums through American Professional Agency, Inc

Student and Educators Online Community - The student and educator community in NAADAC's Online Community is a place where students and educators can connect with fellow students and educators to get answers to their most pressing questions, find mentors, and more!

Low NAADAC Student Membership Rate - Student members can take advantage of a reduced annual membership rate for NAADAC Membership! This includes discounted educational, advocational, and professional benefits to guide your journey into the addiction profession.

Are you looking for even more student educational resoures and benefits? Click here to visit NAADAC's Student Resources page!

For Peers

Professional Liability Insurance for Students - NAADAC PRSS members can purchase professional liability insurance designed for Peers through American Professional Agency, Inc. at a discounted rate - just for NAADAC PRSS members!

Peer Support Specialists Community - The Peer Support Specialists Community in NAADAC's Online Community is a place where Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) can connect with fellow peers and discuss issues concerning the PRSS workforce!

Low NAADAC Peer Membership Rate - NAADAC offers a specific type of membership just for peers! Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) membership is open to all individuals who are credentialed/licensed/certified/registered peer recovery support specialists or recovery coaches.

NCC AP National Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Credential - Obtain an NCPRSS Certification to show your training and education so that others can benefit from your recovery and experiences.

Are you looking for even more Peer Recovery Support educational resoures and benefits? Click here to visit NAADAC's Peer Recovery Support Resources page!

Get Involved with NAADAC


NAADAC is committed to advocating for the best interests of its members, clients, communities and the profession overall. Without the dedicated advocates who stand up for the profession, our members will not have a voice.

Take Action Now and Understand the Issues - Learn what you can do today to support the addiction profession and those it serves. Visit NAADAC's Advocacy Updates & Action Alerts blog to stay up to date on important advocacy issues facing the addiction profession! Learn more about current public policy issues like parity, health care reform and workforce development.

Become an Advocate - Sign up for NAADAC's mailing list to receive legislative alerts, policy updates and much more. It is free and open to everyone! Sign up now!

Advocacy Trainings and Resources - The NAADAC Advocacy in Action Conference is designed to educate addiction professionals about current public policy issues and to bring their day-today experiences and stories to decision-makers at all levels of government. NAADAC also offers trainings, strategic planning guidance and other resources for individuals and affiliates. Click here to access these resources now.

Find your Senators and Representatives - The combination of your active grassroots advocacy and NAADAC efforts in Washington can create a powerful and influential voice in the legislative process. Use these links to contact your Senators and Congressman or Congresswoman.

Public Policy Committee - The Public Policy Committee, made up of NAADAC members from around the nation, provides guidance on public policy issues. Click here to learn more!

National Addiction Professionals Day - National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20, 2021, as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC in 1992, the day was established to commemorate the hard work that addiction professionals do on a daily basis. 


Get connected, share your expertise, and chart the future of the nation's largest professional organization for addiction-focused professionals. NAADAC has established a number of committees to help the association conduct its business.

NAADAC Committees you can join today include:

  • Awards Committee
  • Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee
  • Clinical Standards Committee
  • Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee
  • Editorial Advisory Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Military and Veteran Advisory Committee (MVAC)
  • Nominations & Elections Committee
  • Professional Standards & Practices Committee
  • Public Policy Committee
  • Student Committee
  • Adolescent Specialty Committee
  • International Committee

Directly influence the addiction profession with your voice and passion, keep informed, expand your professional network, and gain leadership experience. NAADAC needs YOU! Join a NAADAC Committee Today!


Affiliates Locator - Find out the latest news and events offered by your State Affiliate. Click on your state in the map below to access the latest developments and programs!

Affiliate Conferences - NAADAC is proud to support its state affiliates as they provide education and training to addiction professionals throughout the country through affiliate-hosted conferences. Click here to find an upcoming conference near you!



NAADAC Membership Fee Waiver Application - The NAADAC Membership Fee Waiver program was created to promote opportunities for NAADAC leadership and prospective leadership to receive financial support to offset their NAADAC membership dues. Applications will be reviewed and fee waivers will be granted on a quarterly basis. Apply now!

Executive Committee - The NAADAC Executive Committee is comprised of four officers, eight regional vice presidents, the Immediate Past-President, and NAADAC's Executive Director. Meet the Executive Committee today!

Elections - Every year, NAADAC members have the opportunity to select officers who will determine the direction of the Association, and represent their geographical regions on the NAADAC Executive Committee. Click here to learn more about NAADAC Elections!

NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF)

NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF) - NERF is a charitable organization established to strengthen the health and vitality of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of the addiction profession. Through NERF, NAADAC is able to provide scholarships, support advocacy for addiction professionals, support loan forgiveness initiatives, and support the continued specialization of the addiction profession. Support the addiction profession today by making a tax-deductible donation today!

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