Addiction, Recovery and the ADA

There are many people newly in recovery from addiction unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. Our goal is to include people with addiction and in recovery amongst the people that we serve.

The ADA applies to alcohol addiction and it applies to the illegal use of drugs differently. The PDF below illustrates this distinction with various scenarios about: alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. It also addresses how the ADA applies to persons that become addicted while using a legally prescribed drug like Percocet. This is a very complex subject due to developing court cases. The PDF will be updated as cases emerge and law develops. 

The PDF below provides:
  • ADA overview
  • Definition of disability 
  • How the ADA applies to alcohol addiction 
  • How the ADA addresses the illegal use of drugs
  • How the ADA applies to opioid use disorder and medical assisted treatment
  • Clarification of rights and responsibilities under the ADA in employment; state and local governments; and public accommodations

Addiction, Recovery and the ADA Powerpoint Download

If you have questions about this webinar, or your rights or responsibilities, contact us: 1-800-949-4232 or

Copyright © 2018 Addiction, Recovery and the ADA. You can freely reproduce and distribute this content. Include proper attribution. But you must get permission before using this content as a fee-based product. Funded by NIDILRR Grant # 90DP087.