ALEXANDRIA, VA – With addiction and recovery getting more national exposure than ever before, we pause on September 20, 2017 to celebrate vital players of the health system and continuum of care - addiction professionals.

National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20, 2017, as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was establised 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 95,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. 

"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, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, NAADAC Executive Director.

To celebrate the day, NAADAC will announce its 2017 Award winners. These dedicated addiction professionals and organizations will be honored in the Fall issue of NAADAC's Advances in Addiction & Recovery magazine and at its President's Awards Luncheon at the 2017 NAADAC Annual Conference, being held in Denver, CO from Sepetmber 22-26th 2017.

National Addiction Professionals Day is held in September as a part of National Recovery Month. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Recovery Month aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recovery. In addition to celebrating National Addiction Professionals Day, NAADAC has celebrated National Recovery Month through the hosting of two webinars on the retention and recruitment of addiction professionals and four regional workforce forums for college students to bring greater awareness of the opportunities available in the addiction profession.  

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