NAADAC’s 2018 Annual Conference: Shoot for the Stars, held at the Westin Galleria Houston in Houston, TX from October 5-9, 2018, was a huge success!
The over 950 participants who attended this year’s conference included NAADAC members, addiction professionals from across the country, enthusiastic speakers, artists, exhibitors and international addiction professional representatives. The five-day event included full day pre-conference and post-conference sessions, daily plenary sessions with keynote speakers, 60 breakout sessions, over 80 exhibitors, poster presentations, a two-day Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification/Requalification course, and special events. Attendees received up-to-date information from the top industry experts on the latest trends, practices, and critical issues that impact addiction professionals, networked with fellow addiction professionals and exhibitors from across the country, and had fun!
This year’s conference offered a variety of artistic exhibits, performances and special events, each offering a unique view into addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. These special events included a movie viewing of and panel discussion about the documentary and multi-media art exhibition Letter to My Mother by artist Branislav Jankic, the comedic show “Perfekty Broken” performed by Marc Lundholm, and the musical stylings of musician John McAndrew during several keynote sessions and the NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF) live auction. The NERF live auction night was enjoyed by all who attended and brought in a significant amount of money for the non-profit foundation.
NAADAC would like to extend its warm gratitude to our impressive lineup of featured speakers, Dr. Robert Ackermann, Michael Botticelli, Tim Casey, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, Dr. Darryl S. Inaba, Dr. Marlene Maheu, John McAndrew,and Dr. Onaje Salim, and to the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) for their contributions to the event.
NAADAC would also like to thank our Sponsors and Partners for their generous support.
Silver Sponsors: Alkermes, Cumberland Heights; The Levenson Foundation, National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA); Origins Behavioral Healthcare, Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) Memorial Hermann; Polsinelli; and Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP).
Partners: American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network; International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE); Clocktree; National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC); National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP); National Council for Behavioral Health; NIATx; National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA); National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCPG); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP); and TeleBehavioral Health Institute (TBHI).
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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.