Our history has been
going strong for nearly 75 years:
Who We Are
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to turn the tide on America’s addiction epidemic, unifying the voices of the 45 million American families directly affected.
We do our work through education to transform misconceptions surrounding addiction, providing information and tools to help those struggling, driving system changes to drive a comprehensive public health response, and creating a movement that will inspire these changes and provide needed funding.
21 million Americans suffering from an addiction
25 million Americans in recovery from an addiction
“ Our vision is to prevent and reduce the human and social costs of addiction every year until this crisis is eliminated.
Marty Mann Ignites A Movement in 1944
Born out of a passion from her own recovery, Marty Mann, desired to eliminate the stigma and ignorance regarding alcoholism, and to encourage society to view the issue as a medical problem, not a moral failing. She organized the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism (NCEA) in 1944 which became the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and now Facing Addiction with NCADD.
“ No (person struggling with alcoholism) wants to be the way (they) are. They are sick, and they can recover from this disease just as from others. - Marty Mann
1950 - The Committee on Alcoholism Is Renamed
The National Committee for Education on Alcoholism is renamed the National Committee on Alcoholism and, subsequently, in 1957, the National Council on Alcoholism (NCA).
1954 - The Beginning Of A Professional Medical Society on Alcoholism
Ruth Fox, MD establishes the New York City Medical Society on Alcoholism, today known as the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
1967 - The American Medical Association Finally Weighs In
The American Medical Association (AMA) passes a resolution identifying alcoholism as a "complex” disease and recognizes that the medical components are indeed medicine’s responsibility.
Senator Harold Hughes Transforms Policy on Alcoholism
President Nixon signed the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970. This legislation—also known as the Hughes Act, for Senator Harold Hughes, a person in recovery from alcoholism who championed the cause of alcoholism research—authorized a comprehensive Federal program to address prevention and treatment of alcoholism.
“ People who have a problem with anonymity should always remember that the first lady in AA and the first man in AA both publicly testified at the first hearing in the United States Senate (on alcoholism). - Harold Hughes
On May 9, 1976, an unprecedented conference was held in Washington, DC. Never before was there such a public attack on the stigma of addiction. An incredible collection of famous and influential people gathered shoulder-to-shoulder to put a public face to this largely neglected public health issue.
“ Marty Mann and the others who came together that day envisioned a future where addiction was seen as a public health issue.
1987 - The Hope Line Is Launched
The organization initiates toll-free Hope Line that receives more than 30,000 calls per year seeking information and community connections.
1990 - Drug Dependency Added To Name
The National Council on Alcoholism officially becomes the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), reflecting the inclusion of drugs other than alcohol which had been incorporated into NCADD’s mission in 1987.
NCADD and other partner organizations successfully advocate for the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensuring people with substance use disorders are covered on par with other physical health issue. This sweeping bill was expanded to cover even more lives in 2010 with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
2014 - NCADD Celebrates 70 Years
Unite To Face Addiction Rally
On October 4, 2015 Facing Addiction made history on the National Mall, in Washington, DC, when tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered to end the silence surrounding addiction. This was the first time major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, authors, and advocates joined together to create a united voice, supporting Facing Addiction’s pledge to help solve the most urgent health crisis of our time.
“ Today is the beginning of a national awareness, and we are a family! - Joe Walsh
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
In November 2016, Facing Addiction was selected to be the exclusive co-sponsor to launch the United States Surgeon General’s historic report, titled Facing Addiction in America, which took place at a major event at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on November 17, 2016. On November 18, Viacom aired a special program about the Surgeon General’s report and the addiction crisis in America — and its new partnership with Facing Addiction — on 11 of its cable networks, which was seen by millions of people.
“ How we respond to the addiction crisis is a moral test for America. - Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States
The merger of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Facing Addiction brought together the rich, nearly 75-year history of NCADD and the unparalleled coalition that launched Facing Addiction on October 4, 2015.
Today, Facing Addiction with NCADD is a leading advocacy organization in America addressing addiction, with over 900 Action Network Partners, 80 Affiliate organizations, and a national voice of grassroots advocacy.
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