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March 15, 2011
by Donovan Kuehn, NAADAC Director of Operations and Outreach
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NAADAC Award Nominations Accepted Until April 30

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”

David Frost (1939-present)

British journalist and writer

Donovan Kuehn, NAADAC Director of Operations and Outreach
Donovan Kuehn, NAADAC Director of Operations and Outreach


Do you know someone who deserves accolades for his or her effort, professionalism and devotion to the profession? Perhaps there is an “unsung hero” whose fine example and work should be nationally recognized. Wherever you are, you can submit that person for consideration for a NAADAC national award.

NAADAC established its awards program to identify and honor the outstanding work of addiction professionals and organizations that treat addiction. NAADAC's program provides a unique opportunity to let others know about the professionalism and expertise exhibited by addiction professionals throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Over 80 groups, individuals and organizations have received recognition from NAADAC in the 30 years since it began its awards program. Very select company considering that NAADAC has 8,000 members and the addiction profession encompasses over 86,000 clinicians.

NAADAC has recognized the best practices of addiction professionals since 1979, when it established the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor of the Year Award (since re-named the Lora Roe Memorial Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor of the Year Award). The first winners, the Counselors of the U.S. Navy alcoholism and drug abuse program, came to prominence after the U.S. Department of Defense revised its policies to encourage voluntary identification and enrollment of those with addictions in treatment programs.

The Navy's program was the first non-punitive military rehabilitation programs developed with a focus on treatment. The program treated addiction as a disease and ensured that those who volunteered for treatment could not be discharged under other than honorable conditions.

Who will be the new professionals recognized for their excellent work? You may have a hand in telling that story.

Nominations for the 2011 awards must be received by the NAADAC Awards Committee no later than April 30, 2011. For full descriptions of NAADAC's awards, please visit www.naadac.org and go to “About NAADAC” and then “Recognition & Awards.”

To make a submission, or for additional information, please contact Donovan Kuehn, NAADAC Director of Outreach and Marketing, at 800.548.0497, ext. 125, or by e-mail at dkuehn@naadac.org.

NAADAC has six awards to recognize excellence in the addiction profession. They include:

Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year

Presented for outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction profession.

William F. “Bill” Callahan Award

Presented for sustained and meritorious service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling.

Lora Roe Memorial Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor of the Year

Presented to a counselor who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of addiction counseling.

NAADAC Organizational Achievement Award

Presented to organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the addiction profession and particularly strong support for the individual addiction professional.

Medical Professional of the Year

Presented to a medical professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the addiction profession.

Lifetime Honorary Membership Award

This award recognizes an individual or entity who has established outstanding service through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of NAADAC, the addiction profession and its professionals.

Donovan Kuehn serves as the Director of Operations and Outreach for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. While serving as Editor of the NAADAC News, the publication won an Apex Award for Communication Excellence in 2008. In 2010, Kuehn won a Rising Star Scholarship from the Angerosa Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 2003 to conduct industry research to benefit the association publishing and marketing professions. Addiction Professional 2011 March-April;9(2):N5

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