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Mission

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The mission of NAATP is to provide leadership, advocacy, training, and member support services to ensure the availability and highest quality of addiction treatment.

What is Addiction?

Addiction, or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a serious social, economic, and public health crisis that is not adequately addressed in public policy or treatment delivery.

Addiction has been historically mistreated as an acute and entirely behaviorally centered condition. It is a primary and chronic disease, centered in the brain, with psychological and social components.

Addiction has been wrongly stigmatized, misjudged as a character failing, and largely addressed as a criminal matter.

Addressing Addiction

Renowned scholar and author of NAATP’s history, William White, said that the U.S. has tried to arrest and incarcerate our way out of the addiction crisis.

The Way Out is in fact through education, the delivery of quality addiction services, and strong policy advocacy. NAATP is committed to each of these responses.

What NAATP Does

As a professional society, NAATP and its members work together to achieve our mission and realize our vision.

NAATP provides value to its members through: