“Every one of us who has learned anything about alcoholism and drug dependence can perform an invaluable service merely by passing on our information as widely as possible; bringing the subject of alcoholism and drug dependence up as a matter of general interest; talking about it far and wide. We can thus break forever the ancient and outdated taboo on alcoholism and drug dependence.”- Marty Mann
People in recovery from alcoholism and drug dependence face many barriers -- barriers such as societal disapproval, shame, discrimination and stigma -- making it harder for individuals and families to deal with their problems and get the help they need. Advocacy resources provide the opportunity to help change societal, medical, government and industry policies and to help educate the general public on the needs, rights and struggles of those in recovery.
Since 1944, NCADD has raised public awareness about addiction throughout the United States and increasingly across the global community. NCADD advocates for the rights of alcoholics and drug dependent people and their families — for the right to fair and equitable treatment in housing, in employment, in insurance coverage, in federal educational loan programs. We fight for access to appropriate and affordable treatment, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease. We fight in Washington, DC, in state capitols and in local communities for individuals and families affected by alcoholism and drug dependence. Advocacy is an integral part of NCADD’s mission and is just one more way you can make a difference. So, please join our cause and become one of the thousands whose voice is a powerful tool for progress and hope.
Some NCADD Affiliate Advocacy Programs
For many people in long-term recovery, speaking out about alcoholism and addiction is an important ingredient in maintaining their sobriety and living a life in recovery. Speaking out in the community, in one's church or workplace in support of programs, funding and research for education, prevention, treatment and recovery is an important responsibility for individuals and families in recovery.
Being an advocate, while honoring the anonymity of 12-step programs is essential. Along the way, some people have been concerned about their ability to speak out without violating the traditions.