Advocate for Change

Actions You Can Take Now:

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction have merged. Together, we will lift the voices of those impacted by substance use to eliminate the stigma around addiction in our country. We’re creating a movement to extinguish the deep-rooted misperceptions that surround addiction and prevent our society from investing in the resources required to transform the way our nation addresses addiction.

But, we can’t do it alone. Your voice can make a difference. Here is what we are working to change and how you can join the movement.

Demand Resources to Help Families

With the recent passing of Congressional bill HR 6, we have a clear path forward to address addiction in this country. Still, we need to make our voices heard to ensure this issue remains a priority and there is the political will to dedicate the necessary resources to end the epidemic.

Make Treatment Affordable

Only 2 in 10 people who need addiction treatment receive it. Treatment is simply not affordable because many insurers don’t cover it, even though many are required to by federal law. Help us make treatment more affordable so thousands of people can access life-saving treatment.

  • Learn about the existing coverage gaps for addiction treatment in insurance plans and help us spread the word about the discriminatory practices by insurance plans.
  • Sign the petition to demand insurance coverage for addiction treatment. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires plans to treat people with mental health and substance use disorders fairly by covering treatment for these conditions like any other health problem. However, insurance companies continue to deny treatment and evade the law.
  • If you or your loved one has been denied insurance coverage for addiction treatment, share your story and help us advocate for enforcement of the Parity Act.

Fix the Treatment System

Over 70,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017. This is unacceptable, especially when we have viable treatment for addiction and people can and do recover. To promote greater access to effective and affordable treatment, the time has come for addiction medicine to be fully integrated into health care systems and medical practice.

End the Stigma

None of this is possible unless we change the culture and end stigma. Addiction is a chronic disease. Let’s treat it that way. The sense of isolation that families feel when struggling with addiction is unconscionable and we must change that by speaking out and ending the stigma of addiction.

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