Join the SSA

You can apply to join the SSA by completing the online application form using the buttons below. Once we have received all required details and your payment, your application will be considered by the Trustees and we will write to formally confirm your membership.

The SSA has an international membership and is open to individual practitioners, researchers and policymakers with appropriate academic or professional qualifications or experience* in the addiction field.

(*12 months’ experience minimum expected.)

SSA members get access to both Society journals – Addiction and Addiction Biology – as well as a number of cost-saving benefits.

Membership also offers:

  • Exclusive access to the SSA’s academic and project funding schemes
  • Reduced registration fee for the SSA’s Annual Conference, with opportunities for personal interaction with other members and an invitation to present your own work
  • An opportunity for your personal involvement in the SSA’s ongoing work
  • Access to the SSA library at the Wellcome Institute in London
  • Electronic access through the SSA’s website to people with shared professional and scholarly interests based in many different countries
  • Members have voting rights and are entitled to attend general meetings and to stand for election to the Board of Trustees


For just £85 per annum, members get all the above benefits plus the option of hard copies of the journal Addiction.

Concessionary Membership

For a reduced fee of £25, the SSA offers concessionary membership to those who have retired, are unwaged or have ended their academic studies in the past five years*.(*former SSA student associates only)

Please note, journal access for concessionary members is online only.

Looking to renew your existing membership or associateship? Click here.

The SSA also offers student associate status for a reduced fee. This is available to students who are taking or are about to undertake a UK-based course in which the focus of study is in the addiction field. Overseas students enrolled on an addiction course at a university which subscribes to one or both of the Society’s journals are also eligible. This status offers most of the benefits of membership without the right to become a Trustee or attend or vote at the AGM, and with online-journal access only.