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Mission & Values

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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.

Values Statement

We value the history of significant contributions made by 12-step abstinence-based treatment to the sobriety of over twenty million Americans in recovery.

We value residential treatment’s vital, necessary and essential place in the full continuum of care as a viable choice for the treatment of the disease of addiction.

We value a comprehensive model of care that addresses the medical, bio-psycho-social and spiritual needs of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction.

We value research-driven, evidence-based treatment interventions that integrate the sciences of medicine, therapy, and spirituality. We celebrate these examples:

  • Pharmaceutical interventions including medications for reducing craving and withdrawal symptoms
  • Psycho-social interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing
  • Spiritual interventions including Twelve Step facilitated therapy and mindfulness meditation
  • Behavioral interventions including nutrition and exercise

We value abstinence from all abusable drugs as an optimal component of wellness and lifelong recovery. Depending on bio-psycho-social and economic factors, there may be persons who might require medication-assisted treatment for extended periods of time and perhaps indefinitely. However, medication alone is never sufficient to maintain long-term recovery.

We value outcome data that assess the efficacy of treatment interventions.

We value education and training that promotes understanding of a continuum of care that embraces these values.

Strategic Plan

This strategic plan contains the mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) for the three-year period 2019 through 2021. The plan is a guide for the execution of NAATP’s mission, from broad goals to specific measurable objectives. The plan reflects the NAATP belief that our Association’s role is to provide values-based vision, leadership, services, and advocacy for a professional field that is evolving in terms of clinical method and business structure, fragmented, and in need of guidance.

Read NAATP’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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: