NAADAC’s 2019 Annual Conference Was Our Best Conference Yet!

The NAADAC 2019 Annual Conference: Navigating the Addiction Profession, held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL from September 28 - October 3, 2019, was a huge success!

Over 1,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors participated in this year’s Annual Conference. Attendees included NAADAC members, addiction professionals from across the country, nationally recognized speakers, exhibitors, and international addiction professional representatives. The six-day event included full-day pre-conference and post-conference sessions, daily plenary sessions with keynote speakers, over 60 breakout sessions, poster presentations, a two-day Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification/Requalification course, a two-day Conflict Resolution for Recovery 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 special events, each offering a unique view of addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. These special events included a Town Hall discussion on new federal research on addiction/substance use disorders and 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA led by Dr. Jack Stein, NIDA Chief of Staff, and Christine Khaikin, JD, Health Privacy Associate with Legal Action Center and the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI). Musician John McAndrew performed during the closing keynote session and at 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, Cardwell "C.C." Nuckols, PhD, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III, Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC, MAC, Gary Ferguson, BS, ND, John McAndrew, Kevin McCauley, MD, Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, Miguel E. Gallardo, PsyD, Peter D. Mott, MA, ICPS, LCDC, Richard Paul "Rick" Green III, BSBA, LCDC, and to Florida NAADAC for their contributions to the event.

From September 28 – 30, attendees enjoyed networking with over 100 exhibitors in the full and energizing exhibit hall. Exhibitors included representatives from recovery houses, telehealth organizations, recovery support groups, universities, national and federal organizations, hospitals, and more! We want to thank all of our wonderful exhibitors for coming to Orlando and meeting with our attendees. A complete list of our exhibitors can be found on the NAADAC website at

NAADAC would also like to thank our Sponsors and Partners for their generous support.

This year’s Sponsors included Alkermes, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), Consumer Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), New Season, TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

This year’s Partners included Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP), Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), The Florida Certification Board, Florida NAADAC, International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), National Association for the Children of Addiction (NACoA), National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation, National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), National Council for Behavioral Health, National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, NIATx Learning Collaborative, 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.

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