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NAATP 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.