The Problem

In the area of health and wellness, one area that is vastly overlooked is adult addictions. It is estimated that the number of older adults with a substance abuse disorder will double over a 5-year period of time. NOAAR raises awareness of adult addiction and focuses on ways to truly help this population. Adult addiction includes alcohol and drug addiction, abuse of prescription medication, eating disorders, and gambling.

The Solution

Research shows that addiction treatment is different for adults over the age of 50 than for other demographic groups. NOAAR provides an effective, measurable approach to recovery where this population is comfortable, listened to, validated and cared for.

Recent Podcasts

S2E19: Cross System Solutions
Guest(s): Jean-Marie Niebuhr
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S2E18: Presence for Women: Care Across the Lifespan
Guest(s): Wendy Noe
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S2E17: INTERSECTIONS: Program Without Boundaries
Guest(s): David Brinkerhoff, Jim Ball
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Our Mission Statement

The mission of the National Organization for Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) is to treat, prevent, and raise awareness of addictions in adults, in midlife, and beyond. NOAAR provides clinical expertise, training, and consultative services to individuals, family members, professionals, and organizations. Our goals for NOAAR membership and the general population are achieved through personal consultations, conferences, educational modules, and web-based technologies.


Who We Serve

NOAAR is committed to helping its members meet the future with greater knowledge and opportunity as they work to improve treatment and quality of life.

NOAAR serves its individual members and professionals members who work in all sectors of recovery including: rehabs, hospitals, community-based settings, healthcare systems, physician groups, consulting firms, advertising, public relations agencies, service providers and Private Practitioners.

For those with substance abuse issues, NOOAR stands ready to empower and enable lasting recovery through training, education, resources, and consulting that is catered to your specific needs and challenges.


For individuals struggling with addictions:

If you are struggling with one or more addictions, we want you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt:

“There is hope and you are not traveling this path alone.”

Regardless of how your life is today, we can give you one guarantee: everything passes. We promise! The strength and resiliency that you possess—found in your experiences of life—will provide the foundation that you can build upon, and we can help. With a reality-oriented and solution-based approach, we will travel the Path of Recovery with you.

You are not alone—nor will you be alone. You have us. And whether or not you know it today, you have hope.

Family + Friends

“Addictions impact the family”—as you well know.

Addictive patterns hijack the natural rhythm and flow of a family system and can hold family members hostage. Yet we want you to know that addictions do not occur in isolation and recovery does not occur in isolation. Individuals in recovery can regain control of their disruptive and impulsive behaviors and create new and productive behavior patterns, and so can family members.

At NOAAR, the underlying principle of our Philosophy of Care and Treatment is:

“Everyone is entitled to a recovery—including families.”

Practitioners + Clinicians

Addiction is a process that often includes relapse and recovery. Since addictive patterns in adults are unique and distinct, treatment interventions and practice also need to be unique and distinct, governed by analytical skills and a conceptual framework.

Our reality-oriented and solution-based orientation, combined with a lifespan systems perspective, emphasizes the development of an understanding of the history of the individual, the presentation of the patterns of behavior and the treatment approaches associated with addressing “developmental addictions.”

At NOAAR, our general focus is the teaching of basic and advanced concepts associated with the theory and application of addictive behavior. It is our intent, within this framework, to link this training with actual settings. Review of the history and systems associated with clinical, program and policy issues will be required.

Our training is available both in online technological formats (webinars, video conferencing, etc.) and platform training (specific seminar sites and locations nationwide).

Program/Policy Developers

As a NOAAR-trained Practitioner, you will:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the Addiction and Aging networks.
  2. Develop an understanding and appreciation of a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach from a family systems perspective.
  3. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical perspectives.
  4. Understand the various roles of policymakers, advocates and consumers in addiction services.
  5. Understand and utilize approaches associated with accessing the addiction program network.
  6. Understand the formation, implementation and evaluation of the policy process and the resulting services.
  7. Understand the vital advocacy and planning role of clinicians in policy formation.


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