Advocacy

Advocacy skills can be easily learned, and many people find their voice is stronger than they ever thought.

Advocacy can even be as simple as being present at an event, showing how many people care about the topic.

These resources provide a voice for the addiction workforce, people in all stages of recovery, their families, and their friends.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a professional society representing physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.

The American Psychiatric Association has created a new poster to help enforce the parity law and end discrimination. The poster clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected. “Fair Insurance Coverage: It’s the Law.” Download the poster.

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The Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH), formerly known as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts (MHSACM), represents the community-based mental health and addiction treatment organizations of Massachusetts.

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

MACHW is a statewide professional organization for community health workers (CHWs) from all disciplines, and was founded to enable CHWs to lead the movement to organize, define and strengthen the profession of community health work.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Addiction Services is a group of advocacy organizations that have come together to speak with one voice to strengthen support for the expansion of funding for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support servcies, and increased access to these servcies for people with alcohol and other addictive disorders.  

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of a gambling disorder.  It advocates for services to help people with gambling disorders, their families, and the greater community. It works with businesses, corporations, organizations, and the industry to ensure responsible policies for state-supported gambling.

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The Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery's mission is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. NAADAC is committed... Read More

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) represents not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes).  It has acted as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S., in Congress, in the insurance industry, in... Read More

The mission of the National Association of Social Workders Massachusetts Chapter is to advance social work practice and to promote human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for all.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Founded as an anti-drug advertising campaign and formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization working to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.  There are two activity areas related to advocacy:  Get Involved and... Read More

The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. is a statewide association of health and human service agencies. The Providers' Council is the state's largest human service trade association and a voice of the private provider industry.

Recovery Research Institute with logos of MGH and Harvard

The Recovery Research Institute's aim is to present the evidence about addiction recovery and how you can achieve it on your own, by engaging with communities that support recovery, or by seeking treatment.