Professional Organizations

If you are working in the field of addictions, or if you have a counselor or other therapist who works with addictions, these professional organizations may be important to you. Contact them if you have questions about certification, about the qualifications of addictions professionals, or even if you have complaints about a person who may be certified by them.

These Organizations all advocate ethical standards among their members, or those they certify. They are concerned with providing initial and ongoing training of addictions professionals. They are active in lobbying efforts to try to improve the quality of treatment for their members’ clients.


Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) supports professionals working in EAP positions. Formerly called ALMACA, this organization also offers a national certification, called Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 740
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 387-1000


The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) is the Only national or international organization for professionals who work in the field of eating disorders. It is not just for people with an addiction or Twelve-Step orientation. IAEDP certifies eating disorders counselors and therapists, but certification is not necessary for membership. Anyone working exclusively or substantially with eating disorders should join.

PO Box 1295
Pekin, IL 61555-1295


The National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors is a membership organization that provides everything from lobbying in Washington to malpractice insurance for its members. It has a large annual conference and is affiliated with most state counselors’ organizations. It offers a national certification for alcohol and drug abuse counselors, called National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC).

NAADAC 1001 N. Fairfax St, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314


The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium is an organization for credentialing professionals in the addiction and prevention profession, including:

  • Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ADC)
  • Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (AADC)
  • Clinical Supervisor (CS)
  • Prevention Specialist (PS)
  • Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD)
  • Peer Recovery (PR)

298 South Progress Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 540-4457

Professional organizations, see also: Certification, Core functions, Counseling, Dual diagnosis, Employee assistance programs, Impaired professionals, Integrity & Values, Therapy & treatment.

Updated 12 Sep 2015

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