Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) works cooperatively with a wide variety of groups and individuals to address concerns about alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems.  CADA is the administrative agency for Santa Barbara Fighting Back, a community collaborative to reduce the demand for alcohol and drugs in South Santa Barbara County.  

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Building a Safer, Healthier Community

The mission of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is building a safer, healthier community by preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse. 

In pursuit of this mission, CADA seeks to: 

  • Prevent alcoholism and drug abuse through education and public awareness. 
  • Intervene when symptoms of the problem appear and provide alternative activities, support, and treatment. 
  • Encourage proper diagnosis, treatment and continuum of care for individuals and families with alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems. 

To achieve its mission, CADA:

  • Gives special emphasis to improving the awareness and understanding of leaders, educators, health professionals and the media about the disease of alcoholism and other drug addiction diseases; their medical complications and the related social problems: crime, violence, AIDS, healthcare costs, homelessness, and the economy. 
  • Gathers and disseminates valid public educational information about use of alcohol and other drugs, alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems. 
  • Offers information about alcoholism and other drug addiction diseases and referral to appropriate treatment services. 
  • Provides treatment and relapse prevention programs.  


Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse


Santa Barbara, CA.


Youth Services

Many of the youth services CADA provides were originally designed by Santa Barbara Fighting Back, and CADA works in collaboration with schools, community-based agencies, law enforcement, and with parents, to providing a “safety net” of prevention, intervention and treatment programs that reach youth at home, at school, and in the community.

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Adult Services

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse provides a range of adult services from prevention to treatment, including reducing stressors that can lead to substance abuse; providing information to professionals and the general public on substance abuse issues and resources; and providing residential detox and outpatient treatment services to adults who seek treatment on their own or are referred through the criminal justice system or social service agencies.   

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