With addiction and recovery getting more national exposure than ever before, we pause on September 20, 2021 to celebrate vital players of the health system and continuum of care: addiction professionals.

National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20, 2021, as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was established to commemorate the hard work that addiction professionals do on a daily basis. NAADAC is the largest membership organization for addiction-focused healthcare professionals and represents 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. 

Help NAADAC celebrate the powerful work of addiction professionals by hosting your own virtual event or by promoting this important day on your own communications and marketing platforms! Download the 2021 Addiction Professionals Day Outreach Toolkit for information about this national day of recognition that you can include in newsletters or other mailings, as well as sample social media posts and sharable graphics.

"We welcome everyone to join us on September 20, or hold their own local event, to celebrate the powerful work that addiction services professionals do. As each life is recovered, that helps the whole family and eventually translates into the recovery of a community," said Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, NAADAC Executive Director.

To celebrate the day, NAADAC will announce its 2021 Award winners. These dedicated addiction professionals and organizations will be honored in the Fall issue of NAADAC's Advances in Addiction & Recovery digital magazine.

National Addiction Professionals Day is held in September as a part of National Recovery Month, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate people in recovery. Visit Faces & Voices of Recovery's Recovery Month website to find Recovery Month events and resources that make this celebration possible. 

For more information on Recovery Month, please visit nationalrecoverymonth.org.

Download the 2021 Addiction Professionals Day Outreach Toolkit







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