Thursday, January 1, 2015

Free NAADAC Webinar: Comparing Alcohol Use in the DSM-IV-TR, DSM-5, and ICD-10
Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 3:00-4:30pm ET
(2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)
Using alcohol use as an example, this free webinar explores the diagnostic criteria among the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10). Attend this webinar to better understand the similarities and differences of these essential diagnostic manuals.

Earn 1.5 CE credits (free for NAADAC members - join now!).
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Present at NAADAC's 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, DC
Call for Presentations
NAADAC is excited to announce the Call for Presentations for its 2015 Annual Conference to be heldOctober 9-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The 2015 Annual Conferencewill be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center from October 9-13, 2015, including pre-conference training sessions on October 9th and an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill onOctober 13th. Regular conference sessions will take place October 10-12th.NAADAC members and non-members are invited to submit presentations for pre-conference sessions, breakout sessions, and plenary sessions. NAADAC encourages young investigators, researchers, and addiction professionals from diverse organizations and fields to submit.
Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015
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Apply for Masters Scholarship Program for Addiction Counselors

The application period for the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) is now open through February 28, 2015!
NAADAC has been awarded the Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (NITT-MFP-AC) Master’s Level Grant by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in the amount of $800,000 per year for four years, for a total of $3.2M.
The NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) will increase the number of culturally-competent Master’s Level addiction counselors available to serve underserved and minority populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25) by providing tuition stipends of up to $20,000, training, education, and professional guidance to at least 30 students in the final year of an accredited Master’s program in addiction/substance use disorder counseling per year.
The NMFP-AC application is now available onlineAll questions should be directed to Shafiq Qureshi, NMFP-AC Program Manager byemail or phone at 703-741-7686 x114.
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Look for NAADAC's Magazine in Your Mailbox
Winter AA&R 2014
The Winter issue of Advances in Addiction & Recovery, the official publication of NAADAC, has been published and is arriving in mailboxes of NAADAC members across the nation! NAADAC's magazine is a membership-benefitand focuses on providing useful, innovative and timely information on trends and best practices in the profession that are beneficial for practitioners.

Not a Member? Check out a sneak peek of the magazine. Join now to get your copy!
CE Feature Article Available to Both NAADAC Members and Non-Members: Read "Spirituality and Addiction Recovery: An Interview with Ernie Kurtz, PhD" by William L. White, MA, pass the online CE quiz, and get 2 CE credits for $25!
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Contribute: Have an innovative strategy or research to share? Have your years of experience given you unique insights into addiction prevention, intervention, treatment, or recovery? Share your expertise as a contributor to Advances in Addiction & Recovery. For more information, please contact Jessica Gleason.
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Advertising space is available for the Spring magazine. ContactElsie Smith for information about opportunities in NAADAC's magazine and bi-weekly Addiction & Recovery eNews.
Four New NAADAC Webinars Announced
NAADAC constantly delivers webinar topics that you want and need. Make sure to register for new live webinars and hold the dates in your calendar. All webinars will be recorded and posted for free on demand viewing at your convenience. NAADAC members receive free CEs for all of NAADAC's webinars - Join Now!Connecting the Continuum: How Prevention Fits with Treatment
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 3-4pm ET (2 CT/ 1 MT/12 PT)
  • Earn 1 CE - click here for more information
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Cutting Edge: Understanding Clients Who Engage in Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET (2 CT/ 1 MT/12 PT)
  • Earn 1.5 CEs - click here for more information
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Schizophrenia vs PTSD? Why It Matters in Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 3-5pm ET (2 CT/ 1 MT/12 PT)
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Mindfulness and Addiction Treatment
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 3-4pm ET (2 CT/ 1 MT/12 PT)
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NAADAC is Hiring!
NAADAC is looking for qualified and enthusiastic people to join our team. A full job description, including essential duties and responsibilities, required qualifications, and application instructions are available at Jobs @ NAADAC.
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NAADAC Career Center
The NAADAC Career Center provides a variety of employment listings at no charge for addiction-focused professionals.  If you are looking to find a new career, the NAADAC Career Center can help! Check out our latest listings!
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Worthy Goals for the New Year

Jan 01, 2015 12:00 am | America's Keswick

Have you downloaded our 2015 Bible Reading Plan? Join us this year as we focus of the theme: Live Courageously
Worthy Goals for the New Year
And this I pray… (Philippians 1: 9)
Worthy New Year
I do not know who originally compiled this list, but I have found it to be so helpful in reviewing the past year and looking forward to the new.
  1. Love like the Philippians…Philippians 1: 9-11 – And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
  2. Study like the Bereans… Acts 17: 10-12 – Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews . These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness , and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
  3. Pray like the Ephesians … Ephesians 6: 18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
  4. Witness like the Antiochans… Acts 11: 19-21 – Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
  5. Give like the Macedonians… 2 Corinthians 8: 1, 4-5 – Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:…imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
  6. Watch like the Thessalonians…1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10 – For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. Have a godly New Year! Dr. Donald R. Hubbard is a popular speaker at America’s Keswick.
Keswick, America’s  (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 1185-1192). Kindle Edition
Daily Bible ReadingGenesis 1-3Romans 1
Think About This: We can do nothing, we say sometimes, ‘we can only pray’. That, we feel, is a terribly precarious second-best. So long as we can fuss and work and rush about, so long as we can lend a hand, we have some hope; but if we have to fall back upon God — ah, then things must be critical indeed! A J Gossip
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
 Women for Sobriety, Inc.
Resiliency & Dedication

Resolutions vs. Goals

by Nancy Cross ~ Member of the WFS Board of Directors,
WFS Moderator for Cincinnati, Ohio & Chat Leader


Statement #6, “Life can be ordinary or it can be great.”
Greatness is mine by a conscious effort.

Statement 11, “Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.”
I treasure all moments of my new life.


“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.”  -Ellen Goodman

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce

There is, to me, quite a difference between making New Year’s resolutions and setting healthy, achievable goals.  Resolutions seem to be things we think we ‘should’ be doing or the things we ‘should not’ be doing.  Goals on the other hand, are positive changes we want in our lives... things we really want to do or accomplish.

Once a goal has been clearly set and committed to, it is important to start planning how we attain the goal.  There will be challenges, uncertainties, setbacks, disappointments and pain on our way towards our goal.  No road towards a goal is smooth and easy, because the road to success is always under construction.

Henry Ford said that many people do not realize how close they were to success when they stopped trying.  We tend to complain about the effort, and everything associated with it, instead of accepting the effort and looking beyond to the end result...the attainment of the goal and the fulfillment of a dream.

Start by looking for the good in everything.  Make the most with what you have. Avoid negative thinking, and above all ENJOY LIFE!  Life, after all, consists of series of moments.  Focusing on thinking positively in moments throughout the day helps to develop the ability to think positively as an attitude and a way of life.

The most important aspect of setting goals in a new year is to BEGIN!  To begin is refreshing and renewing.  Every birthday is both a milestone and the beginning of a new life year.  Every day is a new beginning with opportunities for success.

Success is the extent to which we attain our goals.  Setting a goal is the beginning of the journey.  Planning is the drafting of a road map for the journey. Every phase in the plan will be a new beginning.  Every accomplishment on the journey will be the beginning for the next step.

The extent to which we will reach the final destination, our goal, depends on how we begin our journey.  For every beginning we need vision, enthusiasm, energy and focus.  To attain the goal, we need resilience and dedicated effort.  It is on the journey that we experience life in all its dimensions.

Beginnings are starting points...they refresh and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.  But new beginnings are not limited to the important goals in our lives. They are just as important in our everyday lives.  Life is experienced in the moment, this second.  This is where we have a choice.  This is where we can continuously create new beginnings, new things to do, new ways of doing things, new relationships, and new experiences.

Without clear goals, we can become stuck in a groove.  It has been said that the difference between a groove and a grave is just the depth.  The way to avoid a groove is through new beginnings.  Why wait for a New Year to set New Year’s goals?  Create continuous new beginnings every day with enthusiasm and life will be a continuous renewal.


+ COMMIT TO YOUR GOAL!  Choose goals that you really want to achieve and make them positive.

*Questions to ask:

a) Is this my idea or someone else’s?
b) Does this goal motivate and invigorate me?
c) Does this goal fit comfortably with my values and long-term plans?

+ BE REALISTIC!  Don’t set the same goal you attempted to achieve last year.  If it didn’t work then, ask yourself why you believe it will work this year.  What has changed?

+ WRITE IT DOWN!  It makes your goal more real.  There is something inside us that creates more commitment and drive when we take the time to do this.

+ MAKE A PLAN!  Envision where you want to be, then, work back along the path to where you are today.  Write down the milestones you note in between.

+ BE FLEXIBLE!  Not everything will work out precisely the way you planned.  If you are too rigid in your approach, the first minor obstacle can throw you off course completely.

+ USE A SYSTEM OF REMINDERS!  Have your list of written goals visible as many times during the day as possible.  Be as creative as you can to keep being reminded.

+ TRACK YOUR PROGRESS!  This is a great time to journal...when you felt pleased with your efforts; when you felt down or felt like quitting; look for common themes to see if there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

+ REWARD YOURSELF!  Knowledge of a job well done can be reward enough, however, even the most committed person needs a boost and sometimes that is best accomplished through an external reward.

When you are developing a plan, make note of a few milestones where you will reward yourself once they are achieved.  But remember to spread them want to be certain the rewards remain special and are not too easy to get.



[The following is Dee Waddington’s yearly commitment to herself (signed and dated!) for the goals and endeavors she wishes to reach for and accomplish in the New Year.  Feel free to make this uniquely your own!]

2015 Commitment Goal

Statement #8:  Emotional and Spiritual Growth

I commit myself to working on the following in order to gain emotional and spiritual growth as I take responsibility for my life through setting priorities and creating healthy boundaries:

µ   Lasting sobriety
µ   Self-Honesty
µ   Emotional understanding of my feelings and actions and healing the relationship with myself and with others
µ   Spiritual stretching
µ   Learning to love and nurture myself
µ   Availability to others who need my help, love, care, support and compassion as I gain emotional and spiritual growth
µ   _____________________________________________________
µ   _____________________________________________________

What I need to do to honor my commitment:

Signed:  ______________________________________

Date:  ______________________________________

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