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Welcome to the Abstinence-based Treatment Alliance 501(c)(3), a nonprofit organization.

I want you to know that we came up with some very slick marketing-savvy names that were both hip and socially current, but none actually said what we are.

If you say it in reverse, it is an alliance of individuals in the treatment community (not exclusively) that are committed to abstinence as the premier outcome for those they serve.

That is who we are.
We have needed a home from which to speak of abstinence for some time.

Many now suggest that addiction is a brain disease, and as such we should solely treat the brain. We believe it is more than that. When you treat the brain, an absolute necessity, you have only begun the process of treatment leading to a lasting recovery.

Not everyone will accept the hand that we extend. The challenge is great but we must extend it nonetheless. Every addict and alcoholic should have a shot at freedom and we should offer nothing but the premiere standard for that; which is abstinence. This is far more about who we are as human beings, citizens, community members, recovering and not recovering.

Who do we choose to be?

I believe in the words of Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”, and if we don’t start doing that on a political level, we are going to continue to suffer terrible consequences. Abstinence will continue to no longer be a part of the national discourse. Last year, SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, removed the word abstinence from the lead sentence of the definition of recovery. We can stop this.

We are a legion of souls waiting for a chance.
We are a sea of possibility.
We are a resource beyond measure.
We can help shape the world but we must be free to do so. No longer enslaved by drugs or alcohol. A hard walk sometimes, but walked daily by millions with world changing results.

Please join us on the front lines of this battle for millions of Americans; that they be told the truth. Abstinence is hard to achieve, but once there, you realize that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is real.

Thank you and welcome,

Earl Hightower
Co-Founder, ABTA 501(c)(3), a nonprofit organization.