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National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., Sacramento Region Affiliate

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Mental Health, Specifically Named Diseases, Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to promote public understanding of alcoholism and drug dependence as treatable and preventable diseases. We accomplish our mission by providing excellent outpatient education and treatment services to individuals in Sacramento County suffering from substance abuse disorders. NCADD Sacramento is a local affiliate of a national organization founded in 1944 by Marty Mann, the first woman to maintain sobriety in the modern recovery movement. Today we adhere to a core system of values and beliefs that echo Marty’s vision. We believe that our services should be accessible to all; we believe in using only best practice and evidence based curriculum; we believe in a holistic approach to recovery; we believe in respecting the individual. The problems associated with addiction permeate our community, and so do the solutions: healthier families, a more productive economy, less crime, more efficient health care, and the promise of hope.

Geographic areas served: Sacramento and surrounding areas

Programs: Options for Recovery Program, serving pregnant and/or parenting women. Strengthening Families Program, where parents and children improve family relationships, parenting skills and social skills. Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (Prop 36) and Drug Diversion Program, both alternatives to incarceration. Parolee Services Network, case management for individuals currently on Parole. CalWorks, Family Court Services, both alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessment services. Additional services include free on-site medical services, psychiatric services, and a clothes closet. Our agency is a fantastic resource to the community with a 24-hour telephone information line, referral services, and free resource guides available upon request.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 4

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.