​​​Change Addiction Now

Board Description



C.A.N.  embraces, educates, and empowers families living with substance use disorder. Working at a local, state and national level, our members are mobilizing to drive change in the way we talk about and treat substance use disorder and co-occurring illnesses.

C.A.N. believe substance use disorder/addiction impacts the entire family and we focus our efforts on the family system, not just those with the disease. We believe that families have suffered from unwarranted stigma and shame having been considered the scapegoat for this disease. We believe families need support and not condemnation. We believe when families receive help, support and the medical treatment necessary for recovery they can become advocates for change. We believe it is only when families become key players will real change for this disease occur.

C.A.N. is building the Advisory Board to move our mission and vision forward and our non-profit organization into action. The Board will be responsible for guiding and directing our organization to make a difference in the lives of our members, our communities, and most of all help create strong, mentally healthy family systems.

Advisory Board Purpose: The Change Addiction Now Advisory Board fills a critical and vital role in providing guidance for both leaders and members of C.A.N. The Advisory Board will be instrumental in moving C.A.N. to the status of a 501(c)(3) non-profit at the national level, where C.A.N. plans to be recognized as authoritative, dynamic, player in the social change movement to change how addiction/substance use disorder and co-occurring illnesses are perceived, treated and adjudicated. National recognition will be instrumental in helping to change the paradigm of addiction by advancing substance use disorder treatment into the 21st century, following current scientific and approved medical recommendations and guidelines. C.A.N. envisions a treatment policy based on the current neuroscience research conducted and published by experts in the field of substance abuse.

Members of the Advisory Board share their valuable time and gifts in service to C.A.N.’s mission by: providing their professional expertise and diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives, utilizing their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues and/or peers, and offering their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance.

Individual board member’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: setting goals for and overseeing the implementation of C.A.N.’s budget, marketing, meetings, grant writing, fundraising, website maintenance and staffing, and sponsorship recruitment. Most importantly, The Advisory Board will make recommendations for choosing organizational


  • Appointed by the current board members of Change Addiction Now
  • Members serve for 2 YEAR terms and can be reappointed. · 
  • Could have an ex-officio position dedicated to a particular institution

Primary Objectives:

  • Participate annually in some significant way to review and support the organization’s vision and mission (e.g. expert advice, funding or fundraising, enhancing public relations, education and awareness)
  • Develop Change Addiction Now values, emphasizing 21st century, evidence-based accepted best practices; create awareness, provide education
  • Determine and monitor the organization’s programs and services, as benefits our members and public policy
  • Work to complete and endorse C.A.N.’s strategic plan and budget
  • Being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Attend events such as an annual meeting and special gatherings
  • Keep informed about plans, activities and needs of the organization
  • Give consent for the organization to publicize Board member’s names, list name on letterhead, website and other communications


  • May be residents of any geographic region and be familiar with national social service, treatment practices, legal challenges and economic development needs in regards to drug addiction
  • Be amenable to meetings on social media, i.e. GoToMeeting, Skype or Google Hangouts.
  • Willing to become familiar with current neuroscience and medical drug addiction policies, best practices, and current legislation surrounding substance use disorder and co-occurring illnesses
  • Have knowledge of various aspects of fundraising, including grant making, and preparation of funding operations. Nurture relationships with potential funding partners, such as community foundations, corporations, individual donors or angel investors. Participate effectively in a collaborative group process, which requires the ability to listen to and work well with other board members, provide feedback in a respectful manner, and be receptive to a diversity of ideas
  • Exhibits personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of families struggling with substance use disorder and co-occurring illnesses
  • Preferably be experienced in nonprofit, medical, legal, scientific, political, and/or mental health fields
  • Disclaimer/Policy Statements: Service on United We C.A.N. (Change Addiction Now)’s Advisory Board is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Member duties.

C.A.N. is an equal opportunity organization, committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities.

C.A.N. does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. C.A.N. will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination.

C.A.N. does not condone harassment, bullying, marginalization, or retaliation in any form of its employees and/or members. C.A.N. intends to act with transparency, integrity and fiscal responsibility in all communications and transactions.

Board Application


Submitted applications will be process by our Human Resources Office.

When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined. -- Bono