NACoA’s colleague organizations represent a group of visionary partners and effective leaders, whose compatible missions help strengthen all of our work. Over the past 30 years, NACoA has either collaborated with, or learned from, these organizations whose mutual support, respect, and expertise has produced a synergistic impact in the overall battle against addiction and its painful impact on children and families. Many represent service providers; many more are leading policy experts and powerful advocates for individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders, and related trauma.

They work in:

  • medical and pastoral education
  • research
  • the development of (drug-free) community coalitions
  • combating stigma and advocating for treatment and recovery support for all who need it
  • ameliorating fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • providing program tools and training for schools and student assistance programs

Together we share an overall common pursuit of improving prevention and treatment services to help individuals and families suffering from the disease of addiction.

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) was founded in 1976 by members of the Career Teachers Program, a multidisciplinary health professional faculty development program supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. AMERSA has since grown to over 300 members representing physicians of several specialties (MD and DO), nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacologists, dentists, and other professionals. AMERSA members have been responsible for many important advances in substance abuse education, research, clinical service, and prevention. They have developed, implemented, and evaluated state-of-the-art curricula, educational programs, and faculty development programs.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multi-faith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of clinical pastoral education. The mission of ACPE is to advance exceptional experience-based theological education and professional practice to heal a hurting world.

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors represents Professionals Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality. The mission of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling, and psychotherapy.

ASAM represents the voice of addiction medicine, with the core purpose of improving the care and treatment of people with the disease of addiction and advance the practice of Addiction Medicine. ASAM’s mission aims to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment; to educate physicians (including medical and osteopathic students), other health care providers and the public; to support research and prevention; to promote the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addiction; and to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumer of health care services, and the general public.

The mission of CADCA is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. Since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together —social change happens. CADCA is a membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

The Entertainment Industries Council brings the power and influence of the entertainment industry and news media to more effectively address and accurately depict major health and social issues—like mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and many more. The EIC aims to be instrumental in affecting social change through educational materials, research and training for entertainment industries. Additionally, EIC promotes and recognizes the accomplishments of the entertainment industry when it does effectively address serious public health and social issues.

Faces and Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. The overall mission of NAADAC is to enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families, and communities.

NAATP, The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, represents a leading voice of addiction treatment providers. The mission of NAATP is to provide leadership, advocacy, training and other member support services to assure the continued availability and highest quality of addiction treatment.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was originally incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, and then in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors. NASADAD’s basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State.

The mission of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. They provide training and technical assistance to state DEC alliances and all those in the community who assist and care for drug endangered children.

NCADD and its affiliate network is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem—alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.

NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, works to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy and supports individuals, families and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). NOFAS educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD, the leading known preventable cause of brain damage, developmental disabilities, and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and adults. The vision of NOFAS is to help create a nation where all children are born alcohol free.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day was created by William Spencer Reilly, who almost lost a member of his family to addiction in 2004. He first proposed the idea to leaders in the recovery and Irish American communities. Now an annual event, it continues to grow throughout the country and the world, creating related educational events and restoring pride of Irish heritage and the historical purpose of St. Patrick's Day as an alcohol-free celebration of the Irish culture.

Addiction Policy Forum

The Addiction Policy Forum is a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction and to improve national policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform.