What is ISSUP?

We are a membership organisation that connects, unites, and provides knowledge to the global substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support workforce.

Our vision is to have a connected, trained, knowledgeable, and effective international network of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery professionals undertaking and promoting high-quality, evidence based, and ethical substance use prevention, treatment & recovery support.

Our mission is to establish Substance Use prevention, treatment and recovery support as a unique and multidisciplinary field through the professionalisation and development of its network of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support professionals.

ISSUP’s contribution is informed by science and promotes evidence based, high quality and ethical practice. Learn more about our Code of Ethics.

Solutions and Services 

We believe that digital technologies have a central role to play in transforming how substance use professionals connect, communicate, and collaborate. Our website, newsletters, webinars, and social networks are developed to facilitate knowledge sharing and easy access to the latest information from across the sector.

We provide networking opportunities through online discussion groups, in-person events, and regional initiatives such as our National Chapter Network.

We offer professional development support through access to training, education, and opportunities to gain qualifications and credentials.


ISSUP exists for its members and to provide them with relevant tools and opportunities. Membership is free and is offered at four levels to suit different career paths. We do not limit our provision to our members. However, by becoming a member, individuals can access our full range of tools and benefits.

Being a member of ISSUP offers a range of benefits including:

•    Professional development services such as access to our online learning hub.
•    National and international networking opportunities.
•    Addictology Journal content and benefits.
•    ISSUP Newsletter and regular event notices.
•    Online tools for networking and sharing knowledge.
•    Information for students and early career professionals.

Read the membership guide to learn more about what we offer and apply.

Get in touch

To find out more on how we can help you, please email: info [at] issup [dot] net


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