We are a community changing the way the world responds to addiction.

We believe patients and families must be at the table to solve the addiction crisis.


The Addiction Policy Forum was created by families impacted by this disease.


Founded in 2015, we are working in states and communities across the country to end stigma, help patients and families in crisis and translate the science around addiction.

Our vision is to eliminate addiction as a major health problem. We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of addiction and help patients, families, and communities affected by the disease. The Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters are located in Bethesda, MD with resources and services in every state.


Addiction Policy Forum's founder, Jessica Hulsey, began work in the addiction field in 1992. The impact of addiction in her own family was the impetus for her focus on substance use disorders -  first in a community coalition in southern California, followed by an appointment by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Drug-Free Communities Commission, and serving as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives on drug policy issues.


She founded Addiction Policy Forum in 2015, the Addiction Policy Forum to end stigma, help patients and families in crisis and translate the science around addiction.


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