I have been searching for an organization to become involved with that reaches out to the community and helps groups of people who have been marginalized and have experienced unfortunate setbacks. During a board meeting and my online review of the NCADD non-profit I have learned that their array of programs are very comprehensive and have a proven success record as evidenced by the many members of the Sacramento County community that have learned to overcome alcoholism and drug dependence. I am very much looking forward to the next Board meeting in which I plan to join the Board.
From 2003 to 2009, I worked as a parole agent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. I supervised numerous parolees who had been ordered by local courts and/or the parole board to attend Prop 36 drug treatment in lieu of being returned to state prison. NCADD was one of the Prop 36 drug treatment providers. Each week I met with staff at NCADD to review the progress of the parolees. We looked at their attendance and anti-narcotic test results. We encouraged those who were doing well and even rewarded some with $5 gift cards. Those who were struggling were offered additional services such as relapse groups, increased testing, detox, and residential treatment. These evaluations were eventually forwarded to the appropriate courts and/or parole board for further consideration. NCADD helped several of these parolees regain their sobriety which allowed them to remain in the community. This made the community of Sacramento a safer place and saved the taxpayers money in incarceration costs.
I began Prop. 36 program after completing an inpatient rehabilitation program. In the first level of the program, I was educated on the effects that drugs have on my body. I was given tools in regards to dealing with my family issues in a more healthy way. I was also given techniques to utilize in order to avoid a relapse. My individual counseling sessions gave me an opportunity to share my personal experiences with an educated counselor and being open to receive constructive feedback. The experience of counselors that have walked a similar road made it alot easier to be completely honest without fear of judgement. I was taught to remain teachable and to maintain a spirit of willingness and to make the same efforts in recovery that I made while I was active in my addiction. I was taught there is hope and a better life out there besides using drugs.
I am the newest member of the board for NCADD Sacramento. From what I have seen, in my limited amount of time with the organization, the members who participate on a day-to-day basis truely are here to serve the community. My fellow board members have a genuine desire to help those in the community who have a need. In addition to having the desire to serve the community NCADD Sacramento has a variety of programs that really speak to the needs of the community. I'm proud to be a part of this organization.
NCADD is an incredibly important organization for Sacramento. This organization has state of the art facilities that are constantly put to use. The organization understands that successful rehabilitation involves treatment of the whole person (mind and body), not just physical symptoms. It is one of the few non-profits to offer TB testing. I am very impressed with the leadership of CEO Nikki Buckstead, who works tirelessly to maximize efficiency and reach more clients. Nikki is a true professional and a skilled organizational captain. She thinks long-term and has a long-term vision for NCADD.
From the very beggining of my classes here at the NCADD of Sacramento ,CA I can honestly say that my treatment has beenh a complete success. From the start I was counceled by an outstanding intake counceler whom helped me by finding and enrolling me in a rehabilitation program. I would not have been able to stop using without it. Then I started my group sessions which has been a vital instrument in my recovery.
The counseling and support that I have received from this organization has helped me to continue to stay clean and sober. All of the counseling and other staff are supportive and always there for me.
I support NCADD for more than five years because this organization has many wonderful programs that provide meaningful service to families in need in our community. NCADD provides direct services that use, test, track and evaluate best practices effectively. NCADD believes that given the right tools to people with the disease of addiction recovery is possible for many alcoholics and addicts. Moreover, NCADD believes that their programs can even help prevent the onset of the disease in young people by educating them.
I came to Prop 36 at NCADD after several decades of use, abuse, and addiction to alcohol and drugs. I had no life, no hope, and no future that I could see. Through the Prop 36 program and the patience and compassion of the counselors and staff at NCADD I not only acquired the tools to stay clean and sober but hope for a life of service helping others. The guidance and inspiration the counselors provided along with their encouragement enabled me to become a nationally and state certified alcohol and drug counselor, become certified to work in mental health, obtain an Associate Degree in Community Studies, and launched me on a promising career in social services working with the homeless population. Thank you NCADD.
NCADD is a terrific organization that promotes public awareness of alcoholism and other drug addiction, its causes, consequences and treatment. Treatment is provided to a broad cross section of alcoholics and addicts. Intervention information and services are available to help friends and families of addicts and alcholics help in an effective rather than co-dependent manner. I personally have used this service with success. Besides my own experiences with alcoholism and addiction I have many family members and friends with substance abuse problems and the knowledge and support I have received by being part of this organization has been significant.