David Semanco, MS, MAC, CAADC, CSAC, CAC-AD

Director of Membership and Affiliates

As an addiction treatment professional, David Semanco, MS, MAC, CAADC, CSAC, CAC-AD, has specialized in the application of complementary therapies to enhance the addiction treatment and recovery process. He transitioned into the addiction treatment field in 2002 following successful careers in information technology and music. He continued to incorporate technology and music into clinical practice, as evidenced by his work with neurofeedback and music in treatment. He is dedicated to minimizing the stigma of addiction and is an ardent proponent of innovative treatment methods which are underutilized in conventional treatment.

Prior to joining NAADAC, Semanco was President of the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals (VAAP), NAADAC’s Virginia Affiliate. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies (VSIAS), one of the premier training venues for addiction professionals in the Mid-Atlantic, and was Chair of that organization in 2015 and 2017. As a noted speaker, Semanco has presented trainings for a variety of organizations, including United Airlines, West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (WAADAC), George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine, George Mason University, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Semanco holds a Master of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Addiction Treatment degree and has studied under neurofeedback pioneers Sue and Siegfried Othmer (EEG Info), Richard Soutar (New Mind Center) and Bill Scott (BrainPaint).