NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, invites you to submit your proposals to present a poster at its 2023 Annual Conference. NAADAC encourages experienced trainers, young investigators, researchers, and addiction and co-occurring professionals from diverse organizations and disciplines to submit.

The 2023 Annual Conference will be held in Denver, CO at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center from October 6 - 12, 2023, including pre-conference training sessions on October 6 and post-conference sessions on October 10 - 12. Plenary and breakout conference sessions for the regular conference will take place from October 7 - October 9.

The submission deadline has now passed. Chosen presenters will be notified of their selection by email by June 16, 2023.

Presentation Tracks & Topics

NAADAC and its partners are calling for poster presentation proposals that offer unique educational experiences for addiction and other helping professionals. We are seeking current and relevant information, including but not limited to within these nine topic areas:

  1. Practice Management, Administration/Operation, Technology: Certification/Licensure, Patient Retention, Billing/Insurance, Policy/Regulatory Issues, Insurance/Medicaid Reimbursement, Ethical, Legal, and Liability Issues, Health Information Technology (HIT), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Social Media, Teletherapy, and anything else technology related.

  2. Co-occurring Disorders: Integrated Treatment, DSM-5, Mental Health Disorders, Trauma Informed Care, and ICD 10.

  3. Psychopharmacology, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Pharmacotherapy, or Advanced SUD-Specific Treatment: Neurobiology of Addiction, Pharmacotherapy/Medication-Assisted Treatment, Opioids, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sedatives, Stimulants, Synthetic Drugs, Tobacco/Nicotine, and Designer Drugs.

  4. Clinical Skills: Evidence-based Practices, Case Studies, Relapse Prevention, Treatment Planning, Screening & Assessment, Counseling Theories and Practice Methods, the ASAM Criteria, Substance Use Prevention, and Promising Practices.

  5. Cultural Humility: Cultural Humility, SUD and LGBTQ+, Racial/Ethnic Groups, Gender, Spirituality, Low-Income/Homeless, and Veterans/Military.

  6. Process Addictions: Gambling Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Internet Addiction, Screen Addiction, and Others.

  7. Recovery Support (clinical): Community Navigation, Individual & Community Capital, Family Support, and Treatment Coordination.

  8. Education/INCASE: Presentations with a post-secondary educational focus, designed for an audience of college level faculty who are seeking to enhance the quality of training and education in addiction studies, to disseminate professional knowledge and share ideas regarding addiction studies, students and scholarship in the field of addiction studies with a evidence-based focus.

  9. Peer Recovery (Non-clinical): Relationship-based roles of peers, peer support through a culturally-responsive lens, peer support through a trauma-informed lens, techniques for increasing self-awareness, self-care, and sustaining empathy and connection in peer support roles, and methods for incorporating organizational wellness strategies to create a holistic work environment.

Presenter Eligibility

To be considered, presenters must have qualifications in good standing with their academic program or professional regulatory board, if applicable, and possess the technical expertise necessary to present on a subject effectively.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Up to two poster presenters per poster will receive a $50 discount on the conference registration fee.
  • Promotion of poster presenters' biographies and credentials on NAADAC's website, in the 2023 Annual Conference app, and in all relevant electronic and print marketing materials.
  • Recognition of poster presenters' expertise by NAADAC and by other industry professionals.
  • Networking opportunities.

Required Terminology

NAADAC requests that presenters refrain from using terminology that perpetuates the negative stigma surrounding those with substance use disorders or living in recovery:

  • Instead of "addict," try "person with a substance use disorder"
  • Instead of "addicted to X," try "has an X use disorder," "has a serious X use disorder," or "has a substance use disorder involving X" (if more than one substance is involved)
  • Instead of "alcoholic," try "person with an alcohol use disorder"
  • Instead of "drug/substance abuse," try "substance use disorder"
  • Instead of "former addict," try "person in recovery" or "person in long-term recovery"

Selection Criteria

Application will only be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • All sections of the application are complete.
  • Poster presentation description is clearly written.
  • Learning objectives are clearly stated.
  • Poster presentation is supported by evidence-based data from research or demonstrated results.
  • Poster presenter has sufficient experience and knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Poster presentation is not using stigmatizing language (as outlined above).
  • Poster presentation is not used to market products or services and is free from commercial bias.

Scoring Criteria

The conference committee will rank each presentation out of ten points: three points for topic relevance; three points for a compelling description and use of evidence-based practices; three points for unique approach to/or delivery; and one point for being a current NAADAC member.

Notification of Selection

Chosen presenters will be notified of their selection by email by June 16, 2023.