Our Vision, Mission & Values




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 disease.  


Who We Are

The Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters are located in Washington, DC, with resources and services in every state. 


What We Do

Our approach to addressing addiction focuses on our 5 strategic priorities:

  1. Help Families and Patients in Crisis. Provide new, effective resources and support for patients and families in crisis.
  2. Integrate Treatment. Develop resources, protocols and tools for physicians, healthcare systems and the workforce to integrate treatment of substance use disorders into healthcare.
  3. Raise Awareness. Educate, translate and communicate information about the disease of addiction to key stakeholders and audiences. 
  4. Prevent Addiction. Helping communities and families take steps to prevent addiction or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage. 
  5. Advocate and Educate. Intensify the urgency around addiction and mobilize bold action through advocacy and engagement.


Guiding Principles

Addiction is a disease and must be treated as such.

There should be no stigma associated with treating addiction. 

Family and patients must be educated, empowered and supported to help solve this crisis.


Our Values

  1. Embrace and Drive Change
  2. We have courage. We are entrepreneurial and take risks, reach beyond boundaries and experiment. 
  3. Pursue Growth and Learning. Be a sponge. 
  4. Build open and honest relationships with communication. 
  5. Build a positive team with family spirit.
  6. Lift each other up.
  7. Be passionate about the mission.
  8. Act with thoughtful urgency.


Addiction Policy Forum Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Addiction Policy Forum released our vision, mission and priorities in January 2019 and identifies five new and immediate priorities: helping patients and families in crisis, advancing treatment, prevention, raising awareness and advocacy and education. 

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