SSA Membership

The SSA has an international membership and is open to individual practitioners, researchers and policymakers working in the addiction field.

For students, we also offer associate status: for a reduced fee, those currently or about to undertake a UK-based course in which the focus of study is in the addictions field, and resulting in a recognised qualification or credits are eligible for most of the benefits of membership.

Benefits of joining

For the current annual membership fee of £85 ($175 if paying by US dollar cheque), the SSA offers not one, but both SSA journals.

Compare this with the cost of subscriptions to Addiction and Addiction Biology*: over £1,000 per year!

Membership also offers

  • Exclusive access to the SSA's academic and project funding schemes
  • Reduced delegate 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

*Only online subscriptions available.

How to join

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. This process usually takes one-two weeks.

Your membership is handled by the Executive Office in Leeds. The SSA holds all personal and professional information provided by you for the benefit and sole use of the SSA. This information is kept on a secure database that cannot be accessed by any other party and will not be passed on to any other party except for the purpose of mailing your journal copies to you. If you have requested a paper copy of the journal, it will be posted to you* directly by the publisher. Mailing information is not held by the publisher and remains the property of the SSA.

*Please note, it is a condition of membership that we record each member's home address, and copies of the Society journals will only be sent to home addresses. As Society membership includes a free personal subscription to Addiction – representing a very significant discount on the standard price, this has to be on equivalent terms to a standard personal subscription.