The Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals is an affiliate member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Our purpose is to lead, unify and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.
The Illinois Chapter has a long history of being at the forefront of change! Long term board member Pamela Frazier, Founder and Owner of N’The Spirit Transformational Living Recovery Home for Women led and pioneered efforts for the contributions of counselors working in the field of addictions to be recognized. On September 25, 2002 “National Addiction Counselor’s Day” was founded. Now, each year on September 20th during National Recovery Month, around the globe, States proclaim and celebrate the work and passion of those who make a difference and impact clients and their families.
Recognizing the work of leaders in the field, in 2014, at our first annual recovery luncheon we honored clients and counselors of Medication Assisted Treatment Programs! We know first- hand that it’s important to raise awareness and we believe that alternative treatment methods are a vital part of recovery and restoration process for some.
With over 75 clients, counselors and community stakeholders in attendance we honored Specialized Assisted Treatment, Inc. “SASSI” with the William White Lifetime Achievement Award, Richard Weiskopf, State Opiate Treatment Authority for the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, with the IAAP Commitment to Advocacy Award and Health Care Alternatives Systems, Inc. with the 2014 Program of Excellence Award for their continued dedication and contributions to Medication Assisted Treatment.
The Illinois Chapter is committed to the professional development of addiction professionals through trainings that increase and prepare addiction professional as leaders in the field. We are a voice of advocacy that remind legislators, community stakeholders and families that recovery works!