Professional Organizations for Students Studying Substance Abuse
Interested in a student membership in a substance abuse professional organization? Learn about membership for two of the major professional organizations in the field, NAADAC and RSA, below.
1.) The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
About NAADAC: Founded in 1974, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) has 8,000 members, including addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who support individuals, families, and communities through prevention, research, intervention, treatment, and recovery support. NAADAC provides education, clinical training, and national certification programs.
Student Membership: Membership is open to individuals currently enrolled in a college/university or state government approved training facility with a minimum of three credit hours in addiction studies and not currently practicing as an addiction professional. Students involved in a full- or part-time internship are also eligible for student membership. Student members must not be currently licensed or certified as an addiction professional.
2.) Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)
About RSA: The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) strives to promote research related to preventing and treating alcoholism. Currently, RSA includes members from countries across the globe, although most of their 1,800 members reside in the United States. RSA's annual conference brings together scientists and clinicians and serves as a venue for them to interact and share their latest research. In addition to a monthly scientific journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, RSA publishes a book series, Recent Advances in Alcoholism.
Student Membership: Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs and engaged in alcohol-related research are eligible to join RSA. Student dues are half that of regular members and students may also choose to receive the RSA journal at a discounted student rate.