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The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) is the state affiliate of NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals. TAAP seeks to promote the advancement of Addiction Professionals by uniting addiction, prevention, intervention, counseling, and recovery support professionals throughout Texas. United, we have a voice in critical matters relating to our profession, as well as those we serve. Through legislative initiatives, promotional campaigns, continuing education, and professional networking opportunities, TAAP promotes awareness of substance use disorder issues in Texas. We advocate for standards for licensure and certification of qualified counselors to ensure the competency basis of those who provide substance use disorder and related services.



TAAP organizes and establishes local chapters in Texas and assists in stabilizing and increasing their membership and is a confederation of prevention specialists, counselors, recovery support specialists, and other persons who have a direct interest in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.  While many of our members are professionals dedicated to issues related to substance use, some of our members serve those who suffer from other addictions as well.

United, we have a voice in important and critical matters relating to our association and profession, as well as those we serve.  This unity enhances our capability as individuals and gives us strength in professional matters.  Through a united effort, we are more likely to be recognized in legislative arenas.  Together we can work in partnership with state and federal agencies that regulate our industry, and we can promote public policy that will help us meet our goals.

A. Legislative Advocacy: Our highest priority is advocacy for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of addiction. We accomplish this through prudent execution of personal and corporate advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels. The expertise, integrity, and commitment of our association management firm and the staff of our national affiliate lead advocacy efforts. Advocacy includes monitoring regulatory agencies at state and federal levels.

B. Professional Growth Opportunities: To provide for our members the means to participate in discussions regarding prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts at the national and international levels through affiliation with NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals, and with IC&RC, the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.

C. Academic Growth Opportunities: To provide our members with up-to-date postings on the association website and through email regarding opportunities for educational advancement. To network with faculty at academic institutions that offer coursework in addiction sciences to advocate for broader curriculum, distance learning, and advanced degrees in addiction sciences.

D. Business Growth Opportunities: To promote expanded opportunities for our members to establish and maintain addiction-related businesses, such as private practice or continuing education providers, by providing professional networking opportunities, technical assistance, and web-based referral service.

E. Peer Assistance: To provide a mentoring and support program for substance abuse counselors who live or work in the State of Texas. While assisting impaired professionals to recover and return to the profession is of paramount concern, support is provided to counselor interns, those counselors who are isolated or who work in geographically remote areas, and for counselors who need mentoring to elevate standards of practice to acceptable levels.

F. Ethical Standards: To develop, maintain, and enforce a Code of Ethics for our members that reflect the highest standards of conduct for our profession, to advocate with state and federal regulatory agencies for the inclusion of these standards of laws, and regulations.

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