Addiction impacts millions of families of all types. Yet there is limited access to effective, evidence-based treatment; insufficient insurance coverage; and widespread low-quality, fraudulent treatment.

    We can fix this. With your help, we can erase the stigma that has prevented treating addiction as the health care issue it is. We can raise awareness, educate others and change policy.

    What can you do right now?

    We’re working on multiple fronts to reduce barriers and increase access to both treatment and valuable support services. Click on any of the below to learn more and start taking action now.

    Urge Your Representatives to Cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act

    We need your help to move the Family Support Services for Addiction Act forward.
    Act now

    Increase Access to Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services

    Contact your Senators today about CARA 3.0, an expansive bill encompassing funding, programs, and policies related to education, research, treatment and criminal justice.
    Learn more

    Remove the Buprenorphine Waiver

    The time is long overdue to remove the buprenorphine waiver requirement and expand access to this life-saving treatment.
    Act now

    Support the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

    Ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, a bill that would require prescribers to undergo addiction training before receiving or renewing their license to prescribe controlled substances.
    Act now

    Inform Patients About Opioid Risks

    Patients and their families, who are often unaware, should be advised of the risks and alternatives when opioid medications are prescribed.
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    Increase Access to Non-Opioid Medication for Pain Management

    There are too few non-opioid options for pain management – and too little insurance coverage for the options that do exist. The bipartisan “NOPAIN Act” would improve insurance coverage for non-opioid pain medications. Go to Voices for Non-Opioid Choices Action Center to make your voice heard.
    Go now

    Enforce Equitable Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

    Families are still fighting to receive the mental health and substance use insurance benefits they are due.
    Act now

    Support the Mental Health Justice Act

    Substance use disorders and mental illness are health care issues, not crimes. An appropriate crisis response should connect people to care, not jail.
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    Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the CAHOOTS Act

    The CAHOOTS program in Eugene, Oregon has been providing appropriate crisis response for over 30 years by dispatching mobile teams of health care and crisis workers, rather than police.
    Learn more

    Demand money from opioid litigation fund prevention and treatment resources

    We must hold our states accountable to spend pending opioid settlement dollars on prevention and addiction resources, not balancing their budgets.
    Act now

    Reduce Insurance Barriers Upon Release from Incarceration

    Despite the urgent need for addiction treatment, individuals released from jails and prisons are often unable to afford or access care due to a lack of insurance coverage.
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    Prepare for Mental Health and Addiction Outcomes of Future Emergencies

    We were unprepared for not only the disease of COVID itself, but for the mental health and substance use crises that have accompanied it.
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    Support High-Quality Recovery Housing

    Recovery housing is critical component for millions of Americans recovering from addiction. But a lack of regulation leaves space for substandard and fraudulent providers.
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    Support National Recovery Month Efforts

    National Recovery Month occurs each September and is an opportunity for government agencies and communities to educate the public and combat stigma surrounding mental health and addiction.
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    Ready to do more?

    What does it mean to be an advocate? Our toolkit provides step-by-step instructions, including tips for building relationships and effectively communicating with lawmakers. We are building a movement to transform how our nation addresses addiction, and we need your voice!

    In case you missed it, view our Introduction to Advocacy webinar.

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    Your story can spark change

    Nearly half of all Americans have a family member or close friend with addiction. This issue affects so many more people than most realize.

    We know the science and the statistics, but what motivates change are stories of real people. Your stories. We’ll help you find your voice.

    Learn how to share your story

    Bill Williams and Margot Head Continue to Fight for Parity Enforcement

    Galvanized by the needlessness of their son’s death, Williams and Head were instrumental in uncovering a pattern of failure to enforce the Parity Act.
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    My Son Did Not Die in Vain: A Story of Addiction & Saving Lives

    The detective said to me, “If we had a 911 Good Samaritan law or a Narcan law, your son might very well be alive.”