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Helping Leaders Chart the Course

December 1, 2006
by Ronald J. Hunsicker, DMin
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With a rapidly changing business climate and political landscape, and new approaches to addiction treatment being introduced almost weekly, forecasting carries with it a great deal of risk. On the other hand, forecasting is precisely the key ingredient executives need in order to stay on the leading edge as they move their organizations into the future. The issues that will shape the future, and many of the individuals who will be able to influence these issues, are the important components of this special Executive Forecast edition ofAddiction Professional.

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is a trade association that represents organizations delivering chemical dependency treatment. The executives within these agencies who have been selected to provide leadership serve as the primary connection between NAATP and its member organizations. Through its annual benchmarking efforts for providers, its focus on being an information broker, and its active role in public policy, NAATP has helped executives map the future. This Executive Forecast issue constitutes another tool in that effort.

NAATP is very pleased to join with Vendome Group, LLC, publisher of Addiction Professional, in developing this special issue. While vehicles such as this magazine continue to make great strides in sharing information on clinical approaches to addiction treatment and innovative programs addressing the needs of addicted individuals, there also is a pressing need to address the themes that drive the executive planning and decision making processes. The must-read information on these pages addresses many of these considerations for executives as they plan for 2007 and beyond.

No single publication can guarantee its readers' success, but the critical financial, technological, and strategic information in this Executive Forecast issue will be important to all decision makers now and in the future. NAATP thanks Vendome for its efforts to help fill the vacuum in executive-level information sharing and business intelligence.

by ronald j. hunsicker, dminRonald J. Hunsicker, DMin, is President and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.