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Saving Lives and Helping Families Recover

Addiction Services Council is a non-profit, community-based organization with the conviction 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. We have been helping clients to navigate 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.


Our Mission

Our vision is to help build a community that is both free of drug and alcohol abuse as well as the disease of 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 History

On May 6, 1949, a group of Cincinnati citizens met at the University Club to address the issue of alcoholism in the community. One of the first items on their agenda was to start an outpatient program at Cincinnati General Hospital. The resulting attitudes and experience began to shape the future of education and advocacy for proper treatment and prevention of alcoholism and drug addiction in Greater Cincinnati.

Since 1949, the Addiction Services Council (ASC), formerly known as the Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area, has focused on a wide range of programs that serve children, adolescents, families, women, older adults and persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The “Council” has continued to expand its ability to provide information, referral, assessment and linkage for appropriate care to clients over the last 7 decades. In July 2003, the Recovery Health Access Center (RHAC), a 24/7 phone helpline 513.281.RHAC (7422) was established at ASC staffed by trained professionals to help navigate the path to lifelong recovery for thousands of individuals.

The Addiction Services Council is a registered 501c3 organization.

James Rombke

ASC Board Chair

Lisa Mertz

President & CEO

Nyla Morgan, LPCC

Clinical Director

Board of Directors


James Rombke


James Mock


Robert Byrne


Darrin Nye, Esq.


Robert Bowman

Dennis Carroll

Michael Gureasko, M.D.

Cindy Rowland


Doug Spak

Jeffrey Shaffer

Monica Sullivan, M.D.

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Yeazel