WAAT: Women's Association for Addiction Treatment


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  • Who can join WAAT?

    Who can join WAAT?

    Any professional woman working in the addiction/recovery field is welcome to join WAAT. We encourage our members to invite other professional women in the field that they know to join us.

  • How do I become a member?

    How do I become a member?

    Becoming a member is easy! You can download the membership application from this website, complete it and submit it to the address indicated on the form along with your new member dues. You can also join at a meeting by asking the membership chairwoman of that meeting for an application and paying your dues then.

  • How do I renew my membership?

    How do I renew my membership?

    Renewal reminders will be emailed to you at the email address listed on your membership profile. Each renewal fee must be accompanied by a membership application. Reminders are automatically sent 30 days prior to your expiration date. A second courtesy notice is sent on the date of your expiration. If your dues have not been received by the 15th day following your expiration, access to the website will be restricted and the full fee to join will be required. You will receive a notice informing you. All memberships are good for one year and expire on the first day of the month you joined.

  • What are the benefits of membership in WAAT?

    What are the benefits of membership in WAAT?

    There are many benefits to joining. The opportunity to meet and network with top women in the addiction field, informative speaker presentations on current trends and issues in the addiction field, CEUs or professional development hours, access to the "Members Only" section of our website, access to our membership directory, listing in our resource guide and the opportunity to list upcoming events and workshops in our calendar.

  • How do I get my facility or private practice listed in the Resource Guide?

    How do I get my facility or private practice listed in the Resource Guide?

    Simply send the following information to the WAAT Admin at info@waat.us:

    Name or Facility Name:
    Category: (Adult Inpatient, Adult Outpatient, Adolescent Inpatient, Adolescent Outpatient, Ancillary Services, Private Practice, Sober Living)
    Phone 1:
    Phone 2:
    Email :
    Specialization(s)(Chemical Dependency, Eating Disorders, etc.):
    Payment Options (Insurance, Private Pay, etc):
    Population Served (chemical dependency, eating disorder, etc):
    Gender Served: (male, female, co-ed)
    Age Range Served:
    Length of Treatment:
    Any additional information about your services that you want to include. (This should be one paragraph of text or less.):

  • How can I become a speaker at a WAAT meeting?

    How can I become a speaker at a WAAT meeting?

    If you'd like to be a speaker at a WAAT meeting send your topic information to the speaker coordinator for the chapter that you'd like to speak at. Speaker coordinator contact information can be found on each chapter's page on this website.

  • How can I get more involved in WAAT?

    How can I get more involved in WAAT?

    There are many ways to become more involved with WAAT. Ask about opportunities to be of service from the co-chair of the meeting you want to get more involved with. Chapter officer positions open up from time to time and are an excellent way to be of service.

  • Do you offer corporate memberships?

    Do you offer corporate memberships?

    We do not offer corporate memberships at the present time. Membership is for individuals only.

  • Can men attend WAAT meetings?

    Can men attend WAAT meetings?

    Men are not able to attend or join WAAT; however, men may be speakers at WAAT meetings on a topic relevant to the field of addiction.

Member Spotlight

Deborah Sweet, Psy.D.


Dr. Deborah Sweet, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializes in helping people recover from a variety of traumas, addictions and life issues.  Many people suffer from some form of childhood trauma, which take place over time, or shock traumas which are disturbing incidents which happen quickly but have lasting effects. Three interrelated areas that are frequently affected by trauma are a sense of choice, a sense of safety and a sense of self. The past affects the present. Though talk therapy is essential, it doesn't always resolve symptoms of unresolved trauma. Deborah is certified in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting in addition to using CBT, 12 Step and Buddhist recovery models.

She also incorporates concepts from Internal Family Systems and Scott D. Miller (International Center for Clinical Excellence). Additionally, her extensive experience includes working with a wide array of addictive disorders including drug, alcohol and spending addictions. Her approach is designed to identify, access, and build upon each person's capacity for internal resourcing and resilience, encouraging each person to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

She is currently Co-chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT), an active member of CPA, LACPA, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and EMDRIA. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Deborah has been part of the recovery community consistently since 1987 and has a background in the music and film businesses. She has offices in West Hollywood and Studio City.