Today, 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), thousands of people in recovery from addiction are unaware of their civil rights under the law. The ADA ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This includes people with alcohol use disorder and substance use disorders. Find out how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently. These differences will be illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. People with addiction are people with disabilities, too. Learn about civil rights and obligations!
Objective #1: Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery.
Objective #2: Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol, and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs.
Objective #3: Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to: employment, state and local government services and places of public accommodations.