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