Two leading addiction advocacy groups unite to expand reach and effectiveness

Two leading addiction advocacy groups unite to expand reach and effectiveness

Two of America’s leading addiction advocacy and treatment referral groups, Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), have merged. 

This is a big deal for Americans who are concerned not just about the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic, but also addiction and substance use disorders in general.

These two groups help raise community, political and professional awareness of the need for expanded treatment and services that directly affects thousands of Americans with substance abuse disorders. Affiliate groups in cities and towns throughout the country advocate for more effective treatment services, better referrals and educational activities among families, employers, providers, law enforcement and government at all levels.

The new organization is called Facing Addiction and NCADD. It brings together “the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated,” the announcement says.

Facing Addiction, the younger of the two groups, was formed in October, 2015 following a huge outdoor rally on The Mall in Washington, DC.

Calling itself a “grass-roots movement,” the group encourages activists to join a weekly Grassroots Advisory Council and participate in its national program “to shift public perception, tackle stigma and offer real solutions to our nation’s most urgent health crises.”

Facing Addiction offers various ways to become an activist, such as these action items (each of these action points has a short program you can easily follow – see the website for more info):

Share your personal experience with addiction:

  • National Letter-to-the-Editor Campaign.
  • Host a dinner with compassionate conversation about alcohol, drugs, and health.
  • Addiction Recovery Leadership Project.

Suffering from addiction is not a crime – reforming public safety responses:

  • Share your personal experience with the Criminal Justice System.
  • Call Senator Mitch McConnell and urge the Senate to take a comprehensive legislative response to Addiction issues. (NOTE: the Senate has just passed a comprehensive opioid bill.)

Dramatic expansion of prevention, screening and early intervention programs:

  • Petition to the President and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) urging that the media campaign they develop include RECOVERY stories and not simply be another “Just Say No” campaign.
  • Host a forum in your community on the need for evidence based prevention practices.

Promoting multiple pathways of recovery for individuals and their families:

  • Sign our letter to congressional leadership demanding more funding for the National Institute of Health.
  • Survey on Recovery Support Services to deliver to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing & Urban Development, the Department of Justice.

Mainstreaming addiction health services:

  • Share your experience of how you or your family gained access to addiction treatment care through the current healthcare system.
  • Petition your local healthcare system to implement our new addiction care model.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) was founded way back in 1944, and calls itself “the leading advocacy organization in the world addressing alcoholism and drug dependence.”  The organization’s activities, through its network of affiliates across the country, provides:

  • Information and referrals
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Prevention and education programs in schools, communities and workplaces
  • Intervention and treatment services
  • Advocacy on behalf of people affected by the disease of alcoholism/addiction and their families.

You can find out more about the newly merged organization and what it has to offer on their new website.

Meanwhile, if you or someone you care for suffers from a substance use disorder, please call Novus right away. We are always here to help. 

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