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.
*8 years ago my life had taken a turn for the worst and I was addicted to Meth. I was arrested at the age of 44 and then offered Prop 36 and a way to get my life back. I was ordered to do my out patient at NCADD Sacramento. I completed 1 year of treatment through the help of NCADD and Staff. After graduating from treatment I came back as a volunteer to speak to the groups about the great experience I had in treatment and changeing my life. While volunteering I started to go to school to become certified in the field of addiction. I started working in a recovery home for women and became certified. I eventually became the program Manager of that recovery home. I worked there for 6 years. In December of 2008 I was offered a counseling job at NCADD and have ben here ever since. If it weren't for the great Staff and counselors there I would not be doing what I love to do these days , working with women and children who need guidence and caring. NCADD made all the difference in my life 8 years ago, and today I have the opportunity to do same for others. NCADD saved my life!
Please see the review submitted under nurse laura2010 as this system erroneously posted my review twice and I do not want my review to be rejected as it was not my fault for this err.
Our school district, San Juan Unified School District, SJUSD), has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with NCADD for the past 18 years. The district's Student Assistance Program (SAP) had it's beginnings through a partnership with NCADD staff who provided student support groups focusing on the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs. SJUSD has also relied on NCADD staff to provide prevention education and strategies to students and parents throughout the district. NCADD's Executive Director is well respected throughout the prevention community for her strong leadership and commitment to carry out NCADD’s mission which is to promote public understanding of alcoholism and other drug dependence as a treatable and preventable disease. I have personally been involved with NCADD and their programs for the past 15 years and appreciate the support they have provided for our students and families.
I can say for sure that without NCADD and there staff especially Beth I probably would not have been able to cope with all that I was going through , a very tough time in my life. The schedule they kept me on and the one on one counseling was instrumental in my recovery. I have now been successfully clean and sober and a productive part of society for over 8 years . NCADD needs to be kept alive.
This was a great class we took to help us in our parenting. We were only able to attend about half the classes due to a death in the family, but we still came away with new parenting tools. Angela and Criss are fantastic at what they do. My children loved going and anticipated it every week. The classes are interactive and very interesting. I love that we start on time and end on time! We are looking forward to taking the class again in the fall to get the rest of the tools!
I volunteered at NCADD as a requirement for a social work class, but a year later I am still here. Families Living Well a program that I truly believe in because I see the impact it makes on the families we work with. In addition, it is so much fun for everyone. Angela and Criss have been amazing mentors to me and I have learned so much from them. In turn I am able to teach and mentor the children in the program and know I am qualified because I learned from the best. FLW is really the highlight of my week, and I plan to volunteer for years to come.
I volunteered at NCADD as part of my education as a student nurse, and I was very impressed with both the staff and the clients of the Options for Recovery Program. The staff is dedicated to helping women in recovery learn the life skills necessary to care for themselves and their children. They provide comprehensive services to their clients including health education, nutrition, and exercise. As a student nurse, I participated in these health oriented services. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. I also enjoyed getting to know the clients and their children while participating in group activities. It was inspiring to here their stories and see their dedication to improving their lives. Several clients told me how grateful they were to be given the opportunity to participate in the Options for Recovery Program. I believe that my experience volunteering at NCADD enhanced my nursing education, and I am glad that I had the chance to work with NCADD.
The company I work for provides 40 hrs a year to volunteer during work hours. I chose NCADD because they work with women who are in need of counseling and education to better themselves because of dependence on alcohol and or drugs. These wome come to better their lives for themselves and their children. I volunteer once a month for 3 hrs and watch the babies that come in so that their mothers may attend the much needed classes. NCADD provides the women with the tools that they need to make their lives better. They help them become better mothers. They learn to cook from scratch and learn to clean better then they may have been doing before alcohol and drugs over time can take you away from doing those things sucessfully. They help them see a better way of life away from the alcohol and drugs. They help them with housing and even with jobs. Most importantly they provide a way to help the mothers be better mothers and women and to be productive in society sober and drug free.