||Marty Mann (1904-1980)
founded NCADD and dedicated her life to teaching the public
that alcoholism is a preventable and treatable disease,
not a moral failing. She was living proof that alcoholics
are capable of recovery. Today, 80% of Americans understand
her message and are far more open about acknowledging
the destructive effect of alcohol and other drugs. But,
they still too often blame the sufferer, producing a moral
stigma that infects its victims with shame and denial.
In an effort to refocus
on Marty Mann's vision of NCADD, NCADD Board of Directors
adopted this Mission Statement in February 2000:
|The National Council
on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence fights the stigma and
the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.
| NCADD ACHIEVEMENTS
- NCADD produced the first radio and
television ad campaigns to educate Americans about alcoholism
and to prevent teenagers from drinking.
- NCADD sponsored Operation Understanding
which brought together more than 50 well-known and widely
respected figures to announce their recovery from alcoholism
in Washington, DC during the nation's bicentennial celebration.
- NCADD pioneered the development of
employee assistance programs that save corporate America
millions of dollars each year.
- NCADD succeeded in placing warning
labels on all alcoholic beverage containers through its
federal advocacy efforts.
- NCADD promotes Alcohol Awareness
Month in April.
- NCADD established the national HOPE
Line (800/NCA-CALL) which receives more than 30,000 pleas
for help each year.
- NCADD formally defined alcoholism
in a 1992 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- NCADD staked an early claim on the
internet with a website (www.ncadd.org) that now attracts
10,000 visitors per month.
- NCADD maintains a Registry of Addiction
Recovery (ROAR), a volunteer program that encourages Americans
all over the country to speak openly about their experiences
|NCADD AFFILIATES PROVIDE
- Objective information and referral for individuals, families
and others seeking intervention and treatment.
- Family intervention education through the National Intervention
- Community prevention and education programs.
- Local media advocacy campaigns.
- Resource Centers for literature and audio-visual materials.
- Presentations to raise community awareness at schools,
businesses and community organizations.
- Advocacy for alcoholics and other drug dependent persons
and their families in local and state governments.