About CASAColumbia

CASAColumbia is a science-based organization focused on developing effective solutions to address the disease of addiction and risky substance use. It was founded in 1992 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

CASAColumbia is committed to understanding the science of addiction and its implications for health care, public policy and public education.



  • Close the enormous gap between what we know about addiction and what we actually do to prevent and treat it
  • Incorporate addiction prevention and treatment into routine health care and medical practice
  • Explore the possibility of finding a cure


CASAColumbia informs Americans of the economic and social costs of addiction and risky substance use and its impact on their lives; assesses what works in prevention, treatment and disease management; and encourages every individual and institution to take responsibility to reduce these health problems. CASAColumbia strives to provide health care providers, policymakers and individuals with the tools they need to succeed and to remove the stigma of addiction, replacing shame and despair with hope. The only shame in the fight against addiction is indifference.

For more information visit www.casacolumbia.org.

To contact CASAColumbia in writing, send correspondence to:

633 Third Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10017-6706
Phone: (212) 841-5200