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Welcome to the East Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors website. We hope that you will find our site very informative and easy to navigate, however if you have questions regarding ETAADAC, our mission or this site, please feel free to contact us using the links found below. We take great care to answer each question personally and strive to keep our organization as professional as the members it serves..
How Important Are Our Counselors?
Addiction is a serious disease—the number one public health issue in the United States today. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there were approximately 10.3 million individuals in 1999 with drug or alcohol dependence and 1.6 million admissions to drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers. (I)
What is ETAADAC?
ETAADAC, the East Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors is the professional membership organization that serves East Tennessee counselors who specialize in addiction treatment. With members from the East Tennessee affiliate of TAADAC, the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, we are part of NAADAC, the nation’s largest network of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment professionals. Our experts are working to create healthier families and communities through prevention, intervention and quality treatment. (II) (IV)
Science has shown that addiction is a brain disease that responds well to treatment, so any effective drug control strategy must have as its cornerstone quality treatment services. Research is continually providing a new and better understanding of how drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other chemical substances affect the brain. NAADAC supports continued research, and is a powerful advocate at the state and federal levels for policies to improve the understanding of -- and financial support for -- prevention and treatment of addiction.
ETAADAC members are working every day to make a continuum of care accessible to all addicted individuals—care that encompasses a range of options including outpatient, residential, therapeutic communities, halfway houses, emergency rooms, and inpatient providers. Without this kind of comprehensive care, our society pays dearly through family crises, lost wages, lower tax revenues, longer hospital stays and longer periods of incarceration.
ETAADAC’s members are powerful advocates because we are on the front lines, providing care every day to those facing addiction. We provide treatment in a variety of settings including hospitals, private and public treatment centers, private practice and community-based behavioral health agencies. Addiction is a disease, and ETAADAC is working to make treatment by nationally certified counselors available to every person who needs it.
ETAADAC, TAADAC as well as NAADAC promotes excellence in care by providing education, clinical training and certification in the field of addiction to help counselors provide the highest quality and most up-to-date science-based services to our clients, our families and our communities. Among the organization’s national certification programs are the National Certified Addiction Counselor and the Masters Addiction Counselor designations.
The leadership and staff of ETAADAC extend a warm welcome to you. Whether you are a new member, a returning member or a current one, we hope you will lend your voice in support of NAADAC and TAADAC and ETAADAC’s goals at the national and state level. ETAADAC offers you a world of professional growth-from education to expanding networks to political action.
We understand the unique challenges and triumphs you face each day. ETAADAC membership keeps you on the cutting edge of our profession. (II)
Current ETAADAC Officers