A brief history of KAAP...
Until recent years the term "addiction" was popularly accepted as alcoholism or uncontrolled dependency on other drugs. Although a non-substance, problem gambling, with systems paralleling that of substance addiction has joined alcohol and drugs as treatable diseases. Today, professionals in social welfare juvenile justice, criminal justice, physical and mental health care, and other disciplines are acquiring the training to gain proficiency in working with clients who have addictions.The Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals (KAAP) in its structural composition mirrors this expansion. This evolution began in the early 1970s with the organization of alcoholism treatment counselors in Kansas. Simultaneously, was the development of counselors working with drug addicts. In Kansas, the two elements came together in the early 1980s with the merger of the Kansas Alcoholism Counselors Association (KACA) with the Kansas Association of Drug Abuse Counselors (KADAC) to form Kansas Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors Association (KADACA). With the establishment of the credentialing process, professional ethics and standards through association leadership, the counseling profession became one of international recognition and respect.
In March 2000, KADACA was reorganized under the KAAP banner to become an expanded organization representative of all professions in which addiction is often a component in a client's treatment.
From an original membership of less than 50 counselors to more than 500 by the end of the 20th Century, KAAP is expected to continue to grow, reflecting the determination on the part of professionals in many disciplines to wage a multi-front campaign on the disease of addiction.
In 2010-2011 the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals Board of Directors engaged in strategic planning. This planning lead to the association's revised mission statement, "Serving members with advocacy and support to achieve excellence in addiction treatment and prevention."