Advocacy is at the heart of our Mission

Since inception, NCAAR (formerly the NJ chapter of the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) has led advocacy efforts to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental health concerns. By educating the public and policy makers about addiction as a public health issue, we are working to advance policy solutions to improve the quality and access to treatment and recovery services and to foster the implementation of a full recovery-oriented system of care in New Jersey.

Grassroots Advocacy

In 2008, our advocacy efforts launched a new groundbreaking initiative, the Advocacy Leadership Program. Since then, the program has flourished with over 1,000 volunteers throughout the State of New Jersey, bringing together people in recovery, their families, friends, and allies. Our advocates have testified at countless hearings, organized events in their communities to raise awareness about recovery, participated in legislative visits and letter writing campaigns—all in a grassroots effort to save and change lives. Their stories have become the guiding force for positive policy change in vital areas such as early intervention, harm reduction, and criminal justice reform.

The passionate efforts of our advocates have led to some of these key legislative wins in New Jersey:

  • Behavioral health parity
  • Ending patient brokering
  • Improving access to Naloxone and medication-assisted treatment services
  • Decriminalization of Marijuana


You can help make positive changes too! Learn who your representatives are in your district and email to become an advocate.

Do you know what district you live in? Find it here


Advocacy Coordinator, Tonia Ahern hosts an inspiring recovery podcast, The HeArt of Recovery. This podcast explores the recovery spectrum, similar to how we experience art from multiple perspectives and provides hope through advocacy.

Advocate Spotlight

In this Feature, Advocate Ken Musgrove

Each quarter, an NCAAR advocate shares a part of their journey which inspired them to take action.

Road to Recovery

View our Road to Recovery, highlighting the current legislative priorities identified by our advocates

Our Stories Have Power Postcard Campaign

Click here to share your recovery story with us (you can choose to be anonymous) for a chance to be featured on our Advocate’s Corner or our podcast.

Advocate to Allocate

Holding New Jersey Accountable for Opioid Settlement Funding

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