Saving Lives and Helping Families Recover
Addiction Services Council is a non-profit, community-based organization with the belief that alcoholism, drug addiction, and other addictive disorders are treatable illnesses, that those affected, including family members, can and do recover, and that quality recovery resources should be accessible and affordable to everyone in need of help. We are dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism and drug addiction and their devastating consequences on individuals, families and communities. Since 1949, we have been lighting the way to recovery by providing professional resources on alcohol, tobacco, and drug-related issues; programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for the residents of Cincinnati and surrounding areas. The Council is one of 100 chapter affiliates of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence located in New York city.
Our vision is to help build a community that is both free of drug and alcohol abuse as well as the disease of addiction. For over 65 years, the vision of the Addiction Services Council has remained much the same. We are the greater Cincinnati’s preferred resource for information on alcoholism and other drug abuse and addiction.
To advocate for the reduction of the stigma associated with alcoholism and other drug addiction; and to promote effective solutions to these and other related problems through the provision of quality prevention, assessment, referral, treatment, education and advocacy services in the manner reflective of the changing culture of our community.
Addiction Services Council
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.
First Meeting of the Cincinnati Committee on Alcoholism: On May 6, 1949 a group of concerned Cincinnati citizens met at the University Club to address the problem of alcoholism issues in our community. Appalled at the lack of treatment available in Cincinnati, one of the first items on their agenda was to start an outpatient program at Cincinnati General Hospital.
Those present were: Dr. Philip E. Piker, Chairman, Judge Chase Davies, Mr. James R. Heekin, Mr. Frank Jene, Judge Ralph Kohnen, Mrs. Harold Latimer, Mr. Bleeker Marquette, Mr. Harold Muntz, Dr. Byron Nellans, Mrs. Philip E. Piker, Dr. Daniel Rivers, Miss Ruth Roth, Mrs. Ralph Tooker, Captain John Turigliatto, Mrs. Joseph T. Ware. Together, these founding members began the initial development of a collaborative community plan. Their professional experience and progressive attitudes began to shape the future of education and advocacy for proper treatment and prevention of alcoholism and drug addiction in Greater Cincinnati.