skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 199979 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Ending Discrimination Against People With Alcohol and Drug Problems
Corporate Author: Join Together
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Join Together
Boston, MA 02116
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Join Together
441 Stuart Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses discrimination against people with alcohol or other drug disease, and provides recommendations to rectify the situation.
Abstract: Public and private policies restrict the access of people with drug and alcohol problems to appropriate health care, employment, and public benefits, discouraging them from seeking treatment and destroying their hope of recovery. Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a treatable chronic disease that should be viewed and addressed as a public health issue. People seeking treatment or recovery from alcohol or other drug disease should not be subject to legally imposed bans or other barriers based solely on their addiction. These bans should be identified and removed. Recommendations for health care include providing insurance coverage for treatment of alcohol or other drug disease at parity with that for other illnesses; approving claims for the care of any injury sustained by an insured person if under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of injury; and personalizing drug and alcohol treatment to each patient and according to the best scientific protocols and standards of care. Recommendations for employment are that employees that voluntarily seek treatment for alcohol or drug use not be subject to discriminatory actions or dismissal; and past alcohol or drug use should be considered only when relevant to the job. Recommendations for public benefits include people with drug convictions not facing obstacles getting student loans, other grants, scholarships, or access to government training programs; and persons with non-violent drug convictions not being subject to bans on receiving cash assistance and food stamps. Also, public housing agencies and other federally assisted housing should use the discretion given to them in the public housing law to help people get treatment, rather than permanently barring them and their families from housing. People that are disabled as a result of their alcohol or other drug disease should be eligible for Social Security Disability Income and Supplemental Security Income. Decisions involving the custodial status of children should be made in the best interests of a child based on what is happening in the home.
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse
Index Term(s): Alcoholism; Alcoholism treatment programs; Diseases; Drug treatment; Substance abuse in the workplace; Supportive housing; Treatment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.