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American Academy Of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry was formed to: - Promote accessibility to highest quality treatment for all who need it; - Promote excellence in clinical practice in addiction psychiatry; - Educate the public to influence public policy regarding addictive illness; - Provide continuing education for addiction professionals; - Disseminate new information in the field of addiction psychiatry; and - Encourage research on the etiology, prevention, identification, and treatment of the addictions Issues of general interest to the membership include: - Assuring that new discoveries, research findings and technologies in the area of addictions become available to patients and are applied to clinical practice - With comorbidity at approximately 50%, assuring that every patient with an addictive disorder has a psychiatric evaluation to assure accuracy of diagnosis and proper treatment - Exploring the relationships of addiction psychiatrists to reimbursement systems, to managed care and to third and fourth party payers - Maintenance of quality control and risk management in an era emphasizing cost containment - Relationship between psychiatrists and primary care physicians in treating the addicted as well as dually diagnosed patient - Support for adequate research funding in the addictions American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 1010 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 710 Washington, DC 20005

American Council On Alcoholism

American Council on Alcoholism is a referal service for individuals seeking alcoholism treatment and recovery from their disease, as well as a broad range of information on alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol abuse, and options for recovery. American Council on Alcoholism (ACA) 1000 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014 toll free number: 1-800-527-5344 fax: (602) 264-7403

American Society Of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

WHAT ASAM DOES: ASAM is the nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is an association of physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions, educating physicians and medical students, promoting research and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and the public about these issues. The Society serves its members by providing opportunities for education and sharing of experiences, and by promoting the development of a body of professional knowledge and literature to enhance the quality and increase the availability of appropriate health care for people affected by the addictions. Our latest Strategic Plan Outlines (PDF) the goals for our society. In addition each of our departments listed below is working to benefit the field. ASAM MEMBERSHIP: The membership program includes membership renewals and retention, mailing list rental, membership recruitment and fulfillment, Fellows program, merchandise sales, membership committee activities, physicians-in-training committee activities, chapters committee activities, state medical specialty society program, and membership directory production and distribution. Membership has reached 3,200 members as of 2003. ASAM CERTIFICATION: 2004 Certification Examination: Every two years, ASAM offers a rigorous, six-hour examination in addiction medicine to applicants meeting high standards of qualification. The successful completion of this examination and all other requirements pertaining to it leads to certification in addiction medicine. Since 1986, over 3,541 physicians have taken and passed the ASAM Certification Exam. Recertification is required every 10 years. 367 Physicians were certified in 2002. ASAM CONFERENCES: The goal of ASAM’s 35th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference is to present the most up-to-date informa-tion in the addictions field. To attain this goal, program sessions will focuson the latest developments in research and treatment issues and will translate them into clinically useful knowledge. Through a mix of symposia, courses, workshops, didactic lectures, and paper and poster presentations based on sub-mitted abstracts, participants will have an opportunity to interact with experts in their fields

Center On Addiction And Substance Abuse (CASA)

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only national organization, which brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances - alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, performance enhancing drugs - in all sectors of society. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA has assembled an interdisciplinary staff of more than 70 professionals, including four lawyers, 16 Doctorates, and 14 individuals with Master's degrees. Their experience and expertise are in the fields of substance abuse and addiction, communications, criminology, education, epidemiology, government, journalism, law, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, social work, sociology and statistics. Mission Statement: - Inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives. - Assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. - Encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction. - Provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed. - Remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

Chemically Dependent Anonymous (CDA)

Chemically Dependent Anonymous deals entirely with the disease of addiction. We of CDA do not make distinctions in the recovery process based on any particular substance, believing that the addictive-compulsive usage of chemicals is the core of our disease and the use of any mood-changing chemical will result in relapse. CDA is not affiliated with any political, religous, or commercial organizations or institutions. The primary purpose of CDA as a whole is to remain clean and to help others like us gain recovery. By sharing our Experience, Strength, and Hope with each other, we solve our common problem and help others to recover from chemical dependence which has made their lives unmanageable. CDA remains grateful to the co-founders and fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous for the Twelve Steps and twelve Traditions which are the basis of our program.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self supporting through our own contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy and we neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom. We use the Twelve Step Recovery Program, because it has already been proven that the Twelve Step Recovery Program works. C.A. is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual drug addicts who turn to our Fellowship for help. We do not engage in the fields of drug addiction research, medical or psychiatric treatment, drug education, or propaganda in any form although members may participate in such activities as individuals. Cocaine Anonymous is open to all persons who state a desire to stop using cocaine, including crack,cocaine, as well as all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership. Our expenses are supported by the voluntary contributions of our members - we respectfully decline all outside contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Our program of recovery was adapted from the program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Like AA (with which we are not affiliated), we use the Twelve Step recovery method, which involves service to others as a path towards recovery from addiction. We feel that one addict talking to another can provide a level of mutual understanding and fellowship that is hard to obtain through other methods. The fact that an individual has recovered from their addiction, and is freely passing this experience on to the next person, is a powerful message for someone who is desperately searching for an answer to their own addiction. There emerges a bond among us that transcends all other social boundaries. We hold regular meetings to further this fellowship, and to allow new members to find us and, perhaps, the answers they seek. Cocaine Anonymous began in Los Angeles in 1982, and has since expanded throughout the United States and Canada, with groups now forming in Europe. Our literature is available in English, French, and Spanish and our first book "Hope, Faith and Courage: Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous" was published in 1994. As of 1996, we estimated our membership at 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups. Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of, by, and for addicts seeking recovery. Friends and family of addicts should contact Co-Anon Family Groups, a Fellowship dedicated to their much different needs.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Of America (CADCA)

MISSION CADCA's mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. The organization supports its members with technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events. VISION With more than 5,000 community coalition members from across the country, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is working with these coalitions to realize its vision of: An Organization of Excellence Building Drug-Free Communities. Community coalitions-more than any other entity-are poised to connect multiple sectors of the community, including businesses, parents, media, law enforcement, schools, faith organizations, health providers, social service agencies, and the government. By acting in concert through the coalition, all of the partners gain a more complete understanding of the community's problems. Together, the partners organize and develop plans and programs to coordinate their anti-drug efforts. The result is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to substance abuse and its related problems. HISTORY In 1992 the President's Drug Advisory Council (PDAC), under the leadership of Jim Burke, the former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson and the current Chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, encouraged the formation of CADCA to respond to the dramatic growth in the number of substance abuse coalitions and their need to share ideas, problems, and solutions. The organization was officially launched in October 1992 under the leadership of Alvah Chapman, the Director and retired Chairman and CEO of Knight Ridder, Inc. who became CADCA's first chairman. With their guidance, the organization has evolved to become the principal national substance abuse prevention organization working with community-based coalitions and representing their interests at the national level. FUNDING CADCA receives the majority of its funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional funding sources include the Samuel Newhouse Foundation, the Sue Ann and John L. Weinberg Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Foundations. PARTNERS CADCA partners with a number of significant private and public organizations. Our public partners include: Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug Enforcement Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Guard. Our private partners include: American Bar Association, Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Join Together, National Association for Children of Alcoholics, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Crime Prevention Council, National Family Partnership, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and PRIDE. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America 625 Slaters Lane · Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone 1-800-54-CADCA · Fax 703-706-0565

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - HOW (CEA-HOW)

WHAT IS COMPULSIVE EATERS ANONYMOUS HOW? CEA-HOW is a Fellowship of men and women who meet to share their experience, strength, and hope with one another in order that they may solve their common problem and help those who still suffer to recover from compulsive eating. HOW meetings offer a disciplined and structured approach to the compulsive eater who accepts the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions as a program of recovery. PURPOSE OF CEA-HOW Our primary purpose is to stop eating compulsively...and we welcome in fellowship and friendly understanding all those who share our common problem. REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERSHIP A desire to stop eating compulsively. COST FOR MEMBERSHIP There are no dues or fees for CEA-HOW membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. WHAT CEA-HOW OFFERS YOU Acceptance- of you as you are now, as you were, as you will be. Understanding- of the problems you face now and share, almost certainly, with others in the group. Communication - since we find that we identify with each other, communication becomes the natural result of our mutual understanding and acceptance. Relief - having found acceptance, understanding, and communication with others, we have found relief from our illness and help toward a new self-acceptance and self-understanding. Power - by the acceptance and understanding of oneself, by the practice of the twelve-step recovery program, by the belief

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)

What Is The CMA Program? Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people for whom crystal meth has become a serious problem. The members of Crystal Meth Anonymous meet regularly, share support and fellowship, and create a safe environment in which to stay clean. The fellowship advocates complete abstinence from crystal meth, alcohol, inhalants...medication taken not as prescribed, as well as all other mind altering substances. Prayer and meditation are important parts of our program. Some of us are suspicious at first, fearing that we will be made to believe certain things. We may also react to our past experiences with organized religion. This is a spiritual program, but we can define for ourselves the nature of our personal relationship with spirituality. For now, we can accept that something has helped many people stay clean and sober. We will begin to define our relationship with spirituality as we work the Twelve Steps with a sponsor. General contact information: 8205 Santa Monica Blvd PMB 1-114 West Hollywood California USA 90046-5977

Eating Addictions Anonymous (EAA)

EAA is a fellowship of men and women recovering from all aspects of eating addiction, and body and appearance obsession. Our primary purpose is recovery, and we welcome all who have or think they may have any form of eating addiction or appearance obsession. We do not focus on diets, food plans or weight regulation. We have discovered that internal transformation is the only effective way of arresting our disease. In EAA we focus on internal growth and find lifelong recovery not just from bingeing, purging, chronic overeating, anorexia, etc., but also the shame and self hatred that accompanies our addiction. In EAA we seek holistic, balanced recovery, encouraging members to address their body image issues very specifically. We believe that in recovery, obese persons do lose weight, and emaciated persons do gain, but that body size and eating abuses are merely symptoms of an addictive way of dealing with deeper problems. Whatever insecurities or other problems we have, they are greatly exacerbated by the warped values about appearance, size and weight most of us internalize. In our fellowship, we provide an alternative to the sick, obsessive thinking patterns we have developed over the course of a lifetime. We welcome all who are interested in healing from eating and body image disorders in all forms. EAA is made up of overeaters, anorexics, bulimics, undereaters, binge eaters, grazers, exercise bulimics, etc. Most of us have negative relationships with our bodies, and our body image is often distorted. As our disease progresses, we come to measure our self worth by how we feel about our bodies. Therefore, most of us are consumed by feelings of inadequacy, desperation, and shame, since we can never measure up to our own unrealistic ideals, or those of society. Even talent, skill, education and accomplishment could not lessen our misery. Whatever form our disease takes, we share a dangerous obsession. We are all addicts, in bondage to our own minds, oppressed by our compulsion. In EAA we find a different way of living. The only requirement for EAA membership is the desire to stop abusing food and our bodies. Because we must deal with food daily, we believe the only lasting solution to our problem is an inner transformation from working the 12 steps of EAA with the help of a sponsor.

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder. There are no dues or fees for EDA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. EDA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. EDA does not wish to engage in any controversy. We neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorders and to carry this message of recovery to others with eating disorders. In EDA, we try to focus on the solution, not the problem. Solutions have to do with recognizing life choices and making them responsibly. Diets and weight management techniques do not solve our thinking problems. EDA endorses sound nutrition and discourages any form of rigidity around food.

Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real problem gamblers. No one likes to think they are different from their fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our gambling careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could gamble like other people. The idea that somehow, some day, we will control our gambling is the great obsession of every compulsive gambler. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of prison, insanity or death. We learned we had to concede fully to our innermost selves that we are compulsive gamblers. This is the first step in our recovery. With reference to gambling, the delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We have lost the ability to control our gambling. We know that no real compulsive gambler ever regains control. All of us felt at times we were regaining control, but such intervals - usually brief -were inevitably followed by still less control,which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced that gamblers of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period of time we get worse, never better. Therefore, in order to lead normal happy lives, we try to practice to the best of our ability, certain principles in our daily affairs. HISTORY The fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous is the outgrowth of a chance meeting between two men during the month of January in 1957. These men had a truly baffling history of trouble and misery due to an obsession to gamble. They began to meet regularly and as the months passed neither had returned to gambling. They concluded from their discussions that in order to prevent a relapse it was necessary to bring about certain character changes within themselves. In order to accomplish this, they used for a guide certain spiritual principles which had been utilized by thousands of people who were recovering from other compulsive addictions. The word spiritual can be said to describe those characteristics of the human mind that represent the highest and finest qualities such as kindness, generosity, honesty and humility. Also, in order to maintain their own abstinence they felt that it was vitally important that they carry the message of hope to other compulsive gamblers. As a result of favorable publicity by a prominent newspaper columnist and TV commentator, the first group meeting of Gamblers Anonymous was held on Friday, September 13, 1957, in Los Angeles, California. Since that time, the fellowship has grown steadily and groups are flourishing throughout the world.

Hazelden Foundation

Hazelden touches the lives of people every day. For individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction to alcohol and other drugs, Hazelden (a nonprofit organization) helps people transform their lives by providing the highest quality treatment and continuing care services, education, research, and publishing products available today. Since its 1949 founding in a rural Minnesota lakeside farmhouse, Hazelden has grown into one of the world's largest, most respected, and best-known private alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers in the world. Thousands of people from all 50 states and 42 foreign countries have turned to Hazelden to find expertise, quality care, and leading authorities on addiction and recovery issues. Our mission today remains the same as our early founders had dreamed - to help alcoholics and addicts who need help. You will find Hazelden involved in many aspects of addiction treatment and recovery through: - treatment and continuing care services - professional education and training programs - international publishing - leading-edge addiction research - public policy advocacy Our organization supports these initiatives because treatment works and makes a difference in the lives of individuals, families and entire communities.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. MA is not affiliated with any religious or secular institution or organization and has no opinion on any outside controversies or causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free of marijuana and to help the marijuana addict who still suffers achieve the same freedom. We can do this by practicing our suggested twelve steps of recovery and by being guided as a group by our twelve traditions. Marijuana Anonymous uses the basic 12 Steps of Recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous, because it has been proven that the 12 Step Recovery program works! Marijuana Anonymous World Services P.O. Box 2912 Van Nuys, CA 91404 USA Toll Free 1-800-766-6779

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

MADD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. MADD is not a crusade against alcohol consumption - MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking. LEADERSHIP Information about MADD's national leadership, board of directors, and MADD's Strategic Plan. MADD HISTORY Since being founded in 1980 by Candy Lightner and a small group of other mothers, MADD has grown to one of the largest crime victims organizations in the world. Find out more about our history and milestones. FUNDING The majority of MADD's funding comes from individual donors; other sources include grants and bequests in addition to MADD's corporate sponsors. SPONSORS MADD's corporate partners represent people who care about their families, friends, co-workers and neighbors by taking an active role in the fight against drunk driving by incorporating safety messages to employees, customers, and business associates. They live in your community and they know how drunk driving affects everyone. DIVERSITY The problems of drunk driving and underage drinking are not limited by race, nor are their victims. Find out more about MADD's ongoing efforts to increase cultural diversity and fully reflect the face of America. VOLUNTEERISM As a grassroots organization, volunteers are truly the heart and soul of MADD. Find out about just a few of the amazing volunteers that make us what we are, and find out how you can become involved as well.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 31,000 weekly meetings in over 100 countries worldwide. Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest organizations of its type. For many years, NA grew very slowly, spreading from Los Angeles to other major North American cities and Australia in the early 1970s. In 1983, Narcotics Anonymous published its self-titled Basic Text book, which contributed to tremendous growth. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Irish Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Newly formed groups and NA communities are now scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 23 languages, with translations in process for 16 languages. Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA's success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program. Principles incorporated within the steps include: - admitting there is a problem; - seeking help; - engaging in a thorough self-examination; - confidential self-disclosure; - making amends for harm done; and - helping other drug addicts who want to recover.

National Alliance Of Methadone Advocates (NAMA)

NAMA is an organization composed of methadone patients and health care professionals that are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment. We have thousands of members worldwide with a network of international affiliated organizations and chapters in many places in the United States. The primary objective of NAMA is to advocate for the patient in treatment by destigmatizing and empowering methadone patients. First and foremost, NAMA confronts the negative stereotypes that impact on the self esteem and worth of many methadone patients with a powerful affirmation of pride and unity.

National Association For The Children Of Alcoholics (NACoA)

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) believes that none of these vulnerable children should grow up in isolation and without support. NACoA is the national nonprofit membership organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. Our mission is to advocate for all children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies. In a word, we help kids hurt by parental alcohol and drug use. • We work to raise public awareness. • We provide leadership in public policy at the national, state, and local levels. • We advocate for appropriate, effective and accessible education and prevention services. • We facilitate and advance professional knowledge and understanding. To help in these efforts, we: • have affiliate organizations throughout the country and Great Britain • publish a bi-monthly newsletter • create videos, booklets, posters and other educational materials to assist natural helpers to intervene and support children • host this site on the Internet with information about and ways to help children of alcoholics and other drug dependent parents. • send information packets to all who ask, and • maintain a toll-free phone available to all.

National Association Of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)

For more than twenty-five years since its founding in 1978, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), which represents nearly 275 not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes), has acted as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S. That voice has been heard time and time again – in Congress, in the insurance industry, in the utilization review arena and in the chemical dependency treatment field itself. NAATP has assumed a strong leadership role on behalf of treatment providers in areas such as treatment standards, education, research, and advocacy of legislative, regulatory and reimbursement positions supported by the field. The mission of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is to promote, assist and enhance the delivery of ethical, effective, research-based treatment for alcoholism and other drug addictions. NAATP will seek to accomplish this mission by; (1) providing its members and the public with accurate, responsible information and other resources related to the treatment of these diseases; (2) advocating for increased access to and availability of quality treatment for those who suffer from alcoholism and other drug addictions; and (3) working in partnership with other organizations and individuals that share NAATP’s mission and goals.

National Association Of Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

NAADAC is the largest professional membership organization that serves counselors who specialize in addiction treatment. With nearly 12,000 members and 47 state affiliates representing more than 80,000 addiction counselors, we are the nation's largest network of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment professionals.These experts are working to create healthier families and communities through prevention, intervention and quality treatment. "NAADAC is the premier global organization of addiction focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families, and communities."— NAADAC Vision Statement adopted 1998 Founded in 1972, NAADAC began with a primary focus on alcohol and drug addiction counselors. NAADAC continues to grow as a professional membership organization. Our recent name change reflects the emerging recognition of tobacco and gambling addiction prevention and treatment counselors. NAADAC welcomes our new members from these new specialties as we expand our reach and influence beyond North America’s mainland. Science has shown that addiction is a brain disease that responds well to treatment, so any effective drug control strategy must have as its cornerstone quality treatment services. Research is continually providing a new and better understanding of how drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other chemical substances affect the brain. NAADAC supports continued research, and is a powerful advocate at the state and federal levels for policies to improve the understanding of -- and financial support for -- prevention and treatment of addiction. NAADAC is working every day to make a continuum of care accessible to all addicted individuals—care that encompasses a range of options including outpatient, residential, therapeutic communities, halfway houses, emergency rooms, and inpatient providers. Without this kind of comprehensive care, our society pays dearly through family crises, lost wages, lower tax revenues, longer hospital stays and longer periods of incarceration. NAADAC members are powerful advocates because we are on the front lines, providing care every day to those facing addiction. We provide treatment in a variety of settings including hospitals, private and public treatment centers, private practice and community-based behavioral health agencies. Addiction is a disease, and NAADAC is working to make treatment by nationally certified counselors available to every person who needs it. NAADAC promotes excellence in care by providing education, clinical training and certification in the field of addiction to help counselors provide the highest quality and most up-to-date science-based services to our clients, our families and our communities. Among the organization’s national certification programs are the National Certified Addiction Counselor and the Masters Addiction Counselor designations. In the last eight years NAADAC has credentialed more than 15,000 counselors playing an important role in ensuring quality health care services and protecting the well being of the public. "NAADAC's Mission is to lead, unify, and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research." — NAADAC Mission Statement adopted 1998 NAADAC produces two bimonthly publications for addiction counselors. Addiction Professional, our new magazine, covers emerging treatment issues and tracks the latest developments in the field. NAADAC News, the organization's newsletter, reviews the latest legislative developments, NAADAC business and affiliate activities. NAADAC The Association For Addiction Professionals 901 N. Washington St. Suite 600 Alexandria, VA 22314 phone 703-741-7686 or 800-548-0497 fax 703-741-7698 or 800-377-1136

National Association Of State Alcohol And Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was originally incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, and then in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors. NASADAD's basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State. The Board of Directors is composed of a President, First Vice President, Vice President for Treatment, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Prevention, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as 10 regional representatives elected by the Association members in the region. The Washington, DC, office is headed by an Executive Director and includes divisions concerned with Research and Program Applications, Prevention Services, and Public Policy. The office is headquartered at 808 17th Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006; telephone (202) 293-0090. NASADAD serves as a focal point for the examination of alcohol and other drug related issues of common interest to both other national organizations and federal agencies. Among those federal agencies with which NASADAD has worked are the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Centers on Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (CSAT and CSAP), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS); the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); the U.S. Department of Education (ED); the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); other executive branch agencies; the Congress; national associations; and individuals in their dealings with the States. NASADAD is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and does not engage in lobbying or electoral political activities. As stated in its bylaws, NASADAD's objectives are: To facilitate the translation of research and knowledge into practice and identifies problems and issues that merit further study and research; To foster communication and collaboration with other organizations and national associations that interface with issues of substance abuse; To promote training within the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment as well as cross-training in other systems; To provide technical assistance to its membership; To promote the establishment of national standards for quality assurance, outcomes, and performance; To shape public policy positions that advance the provision of effective prevention and treatment services and increase funding for same; and To maintain a stable base of funding to ensure continued long-term financial viability. NASADAD is authorized by the Board of Directors to engage in any or all of the following activities: To represent member States on Association policies and issues before Congress, Executive Branch, governmental, and allied organizations as directed by the Board of Directors; To promote, plan, develop, expand, and utilize educational materials and scientific activities within the fields; To coordinate and facilitate timely information exchange to the States concerning policies of various constituencies with the alcohol, other drug abuse, and related field; To respond to appropriate requests for contracts, grants and other funding opportunities that will facilitate the Association carrying out its goals of serving States; and To establish and secure adequate resources to accomplish all goals and objectives outlined in the annual program of work or otherwise directed by the Board of Directors. NASADAD Publications NASADAD publishes the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Profiles (SADAP), an annual report that provides data on State fiscal resources, services to clients, drug trends, model products, and special needs (e.g., adolescents, HIV/AIDS sufferers, pregnant addicts, and special populations).

National Center On Addiction And Substance Abuse At Columbia

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only national organization, which brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances - alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, performance enhancing drugs - in all sectors of society. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA has assembled an interdisciplinary staff of more than 70 professionals, including four lawyers, 16 Doctorates, and 14 individuals with Master's degrees. Their experience and expertise are in the fields of substance abuse and addiction, communications, criminology, education, epidemiology, government, journalism, law, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, social work, sociology and statistics.

National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence (NCADD)

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Middlesex County, Inc., as we know it today, has its roots in a solid history of education/prevention activities in the county starting back in the mid-1970's. At that time, an outreach movement began by the National Council on Alcoholism of Monmouth County, which resulted in the establishment of the NCA of Central Jersey, which included an office in Ocean County and one here in Middlesex. Housed at Middlesex General Hospital, our county branch began operations without funds, but with a dedicated group of volunteers. The activities of the agency at this time included training events in school settings; seminars at Perth Amboy General, Middlesex General, and South Amboy Memorial Hospitals; programs for numerous community groups; in-service training for various county agencies; co-sponsorship of the first statewide conference on Alcohol Problems and the Criminal Justice System; and a countywide seminar on alcoholism for the clergy. Services continued until funding became scarce and in 1977, the Council was forced to close down its operation. 1979 was a rebirth of the community's concern that alcoholism education/prevention services were needed in the county. An ad hoc committee was formed from among members of the South Brunswick Family Services Advisory Group and application was made to the New Jersey Alcoholism Association to establish the Middlesex Council on Alcoholism. Upon the signatures of Mr. Joseph Redmond, Dr. C.S. Whitaker, Jr., Ms. Leona Kaufman, Mr. H. Eugene Speckman, and Ms. Ruth Paul, the Council was incorporated in the spring of 1980. Since 1980, NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. has identified community needs and has met those needs with creativity and persistence. We have served hundreds of thousands of individuals through the wide array of programs we provide. NCADD is identified by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the local prevention resource center. We are a leader in Middlesex County in providing quality prevention education programs and establishing coalitions to address specific needs in the community.

National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)

The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education. The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Our primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families. Major National Council programs include: Operate the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network. A nationwide, 24/7 link to local resources. Administer the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) credential. A credential for treatment providers who have met the requirements of the National Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Hold Conferences. The world’s oldest and largest problem gambling-specific conference. Distribute literature. On problem gambling treatment, research, recovery. Organize National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. Provide education on problem gambling issues to Federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level. History: The organization was founded in 1972 by Msgr. Joseph A. Dunne and Dr. Robert Custer, among others. From the outset the Council established two principles that remain in effect today: that the organization would be the advocate for problem gamblers and their families, and that it would remain take no position for or against legalized gambling. This stance is encompassed today in our vision and mission statements above. For a timeline of Significant Events in the Field of Pathological Gambling, click here. A history of the NCPG from 1972 to 1985 by Msgr. Dunne was published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Vol. 1, Issue 1. Organization: The NCPG was conceived as the national representative of the problem gambling field. The NCPG is organized with 3 classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The state councils coordinate services for problem gamblers on the state level. To join as a member or to support NCPG with a tax-deductable contribution, click here. To join our mailing list, click here.

National Families In Action (NFIA)

National Families in Action was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. Its mission is to help families and communities prevent drug use among children by promoting policies based on science. Address: 2957 Clairmont Road NE Suite 150 Atlanta, Georgia 30329 Mission To help families and communities prevent drug use among children by promoting policies based on science.

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