John Cates Elected as the New NAADAC Mid-South Regional Vice President

NAADAC is pleased to announce that John Cates, MA, LCDC, has been elected as the new Mid-South Regional Vice President. In this role, Cates will represent the professional interests of addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Cates has worked in substance use disorder treatment for 42 years and has been a member of NAADAC since the 1980s. He has been very active with NAADAC’s Texas affiliate, the Texas Association for Addiction Professionals (TAAP), and currently serves on TAAP’s Board of Directors, TAAP’s Houston chapter’s Board of Directors, and as the co-chair of TAAP's Houston chapter’s Advocacy Committee. Cates was also recently honored with placement in TAAP’s Houston chapter’s Hall of Fame. Cates has been advocating on behalf of the addiction profession for years by participating in NAADAC’s Advocacy in Action Conferences in Washington, D.C. and advocating to his local legislators in Austin, TX.

Cates’ clinical experience includes over 40 years of developing education and treatment programs throughout the country. After starting the first free standing recovery high school in the United States in 1976, Cates became Executive Director of the non-profit Palmer Drug Abuse Program in Houston, TX. There, Cates served over 3,700 active clients and managed 200 full time employees with 22 satellite offices, a high school, three hospital programs, a job placement program, two probation programs, and two sober living centers. In 1985, Cates co-founded Lifeway International, an Alternative Peer Group (APG) program serving families across the nation, for over 32 years. Cates has also built residential programs in Mexico and outpatient programs in Bulgaria, and given presentations in Moscow.

When discussing the future of NAADAC and the addiction profession, Cates said, “Being a person in long term recovery for 42 years, and having the honor to work with those with substance use disorders during all of that time, I have developed a great interest of the disease of addiction and our culture’s attempts to deal with it. Always valuing NAADAC and the affiliate organizations’ efforts, my respect and admiration has grown and my desire to help in any way I can has increased accordingly.”

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC's members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.
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