Facing Addiction

Facing Addiction with NCADD is dedicated to turning the tide on America’s addiction epidemic, unifying the voices of the 45 million American families directly affected, through:

  • Education to transform misconceptions surrounding this issue;
  • Information and tools to help those who are or someday may be struggling;
  • System changes to drive a comprehensive public health response, and
  • A movement that will inspire these changes and provide needed funding.

Facing Addiction, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic.


To prevent and reduce the human and social costs of addiction every year until this crisis is eliminated.


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 800 Action Network Partners, 70 Affiliate organizations, and a national voice of grassroots advocacy.

Our visionary founder, Marty Mann, understood that addiction was an illness that must be treated as a public health problem.  Her vision, forged in 1944, has led to the following framework:

  • Addiction is a health problem.
  • People with the illness of addiction can be helped and are worth helping.
  • Addiction is a public health problem and, therefore, a public responsibility.