National Addiction Professionals Day is September 20
With addiction and recovery getting more national exposure than ever before, we pause on September 20, 2019 to celebrate vital players of the health system and continuum of care – addiction professionals.
National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20, 2019, as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was established to commemorate the hard work that addiction professionals do on a daily basis. NAADAC is the largest membership organization for addiction-focused healthcare professionals and represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.
National Addiction Professionals Day is held in September as a part of National Recovery Month. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Recovery Month aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate people in recovery.
In addition to celebrating National Addiction Professionals Day, NAADAC has celebrated National Recovery Month through the hosting of two webinars on the retention and recruitment of addiction professionals and four regional workforce forums for college students to bring greater awareness of the opportunities available in the addiction profession.