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Many ways to get involved with NCAD

April 11, 2012
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In its comparatively brief existence, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) has ushered in new discussions and debates for the treatment field and has even laid the groundwork for the formation of new professional groups in the addiction and recovery community. Although this year’s meeting remains about five months from convening, clinical and management professionals have numerous opportunities before gathering in Orlando this fall to help shape this year’s dialogue.

The conference lineup already includes an impressive diversity of speakers, such as keynote presenters Deni Carise, PhD (whose clinical improvement efforts at Phoenix House are discussed in this issue’s cover story) and David Vieau of Turning Point (an innovative recovery residence for young men that was featured on the cover of our January/February 2011 issue). Visit for a complete list of session topics for the Sept. 28-Oct. 2 conference, which this year also will include a concurrent leadership summit curriculum.

If you know of a counselor, clinical manager/supervisor or addiction-focused physician who should be recognized for exemplary clinical work in this field, you could help make that person a part of this year’s NCAD meeting. Addiction Professional is sponsoring its fourth annual Outstanding Clinicians Awards; this year’s winners will be featured in our July/August issue.

If you have not previously nominated a co-worker or colleague for innovative efforts in patient care, make this the year to share the admired individual’s story with us. Winners will be honored during a special presentation at NCAD. Visit to fill out a nomination form; the deadline for submitting nominations for the Outstanding Clinicians Awards is May 25.

Do you know of an individual in early recovery whose artwork could inspire and inform others? A client who might have shown an artistic flair while in your program could be the ideal individual to design the cover of this year’s NCAD program guide, which will be seen by 1,000-plus attendees in Orlando.

Addiction Professional is hosting an art competition around the theme of how an individual plans to be a hero in recovery. The submission deadline is in mid-July; the winner and the nominating organization will be notified shortly thereafter. Visit for more details.

And speaking of heroes, it took us 10 years as a publication to receive a visit on these pages from figures as heroic as Marvel Comics’ Captain America and Iron Man. See the inside back cover of this issue for some dazzling artwork that also incorporates an important message about a topic certain to garner significant attention at our Florida-based conference this fall: prescription drug addiction.

Expect to see our newsroom’s new favorite superheroes in coming issues of the magazine, as well as a presence at NCAD this September.

As always, I appreciate your feedback on and involvement with all aspects of our content, from the feature articles, breaking news and blogs on our redesigned website to our print features. Look for some 10th-year commemorative coverage in our May/June issue, as well as extensive commentary related to NCAD topics in our special show issue in July/August.

You can inform our 10th anniversary coverage by answering this question: What development over the past decade do you think has had the greatest impact on addiction treatment service delivery? Contact me anytime with your thoughts on this topic or any other, at