Since 1949, the focus of the Addiction Services Council has been to reduce problems related to alcoholism and other drug addiction through the delivery of treatment and prevention services. The Council has a wide range of programs that serve children, adolescents, families, women, older adults and persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. For over 65 years, the Council's information and referral services have provided a central point of access to the existing public system of care. In July of 2003, the Council expanded its ability to provide assessment, referral and treatment for individual and family counseling with the introduction of the Recovery Health Access Center (RHAC) project funded by the Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board.
The Addiction Services Council's approach to service delivery reflects the knowledge that alcoholism and other drug dependence is a multi-faceted public health problem – preventable and treatable – which requires a coordinated response on multiple levels of our community. Contained within our mission is the commitment to the availability of appropriate services for all who need them and the commitment to provide directly only those services not adequately available elsewhere. We are energized by the challenge of assuming complicated, interrelated roles of leader, advocate, supporter and provider.
As an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, the Council has access to a strong national staff and the 'best practices' efforts of 100 other national affiliates. In addition, as an affiliate of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, we continue to improve ways of preventing abuse and addiction in families affected by alcoholism and ways to integrate a family based treatment approach in all that we do. The Council seeks to assist people in the identification of alcohol and other drug problems in their early stages and to be responsive by recommending and participating in intervention strategies for individuals and families.
Our philosophy supports our practice of searching for new information and best practice approaches for addressing alcohol and other drug-related problems and disseminating this information in the Greater Cincinnati community. It further supports our collaborative efforts with both local and national entities.