Addictive disorders take a toll on not only on individuals, but families, communities, and the economy.

To ensure that Americans with addictive disorders receive the right services, in the right setting, at the right time, the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) is playing a leadership role through its Addiction Treatment Committee, working on issues related to implementation of the federal parity law, implementation of mental health and addiction treatment as one of the required elements of essential health benefits under healthcare reform, and access and coverage issues for youth.

Addictive disorders affect millions of Americans of all ages.

In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 27 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users (10.2% of the population 12 and older in 2014). Stated another way, 1 in 10 individuals aged 12 or older in the U.S. used illicit drugs in the past month.

The 2013 NSDUH report also showed “that many Americans needing treatment for a substance use disorder are still not receiving specialty treatment,” said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in releasing the report in 2014.  According to the report, 22.7 million Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2013, yet only 2.5 million (or 10.9% of those in need) received it in a specialized treatment setting.

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. 2011.)

U.S. Surgeon General Report:
“Facing Addiction in America: A Surgeon General’s Prevention Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health”

NABH Addiction Treatment Committee
Working to advocate for improved insurance coverage, patient access, and payment/reimbursement for addiction treatment services

NABH Annual Survey
Describing services offered by NABH members – including addiction treatment services.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health
An annual snapshot of trends from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Parity Implementation Coalition letter to President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Employee Benefits Security Administration notice: “Proposed Revision of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Draft Model Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations Form”