National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

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The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) is an American advocacy organization focused on alcoholism, drug addiction and the consequences of abusing alcohol and other drugs. NCADD is built on a foundation of participation by members from the medical, scientific, political and social fields which provides a multi-pronged approach to the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. It has a national network of affiliates.


Marty Mann, the first female to achieve sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), organized the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism (NCEA) in 1944, which later became the National Council on Alcoholism (NCA) in 1950 and then NCADD in 1990 to address concern with other drugs. The organization was established to serve a dual purpose: first to have a proactive national education and advocacy program attacking the stigma and misunderstanding about alcoholism, treatment and recovery; second, to operate service centers in communities across the country staffed by professionals helping individuals/families with alcohol problems. Those service centers grew into the NCADD Affiliate Network.[1]


  • Defined "alcoholism" as a disease and successfully worked for its adoption by the American Medical Association (AMA).
  • Formed the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
  • Created the first workplace-based employee assistance program, the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA).
  • Established Alcohol Awareness Month.
  • Successfully advocated for insurance coverage for alcoholism and addiction treatment equal to other illnesses.


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