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Give Hope Campaign


It’s the holiday season! For many, the joys of the holidays bring family visits, school and office parties and gift-giving. Even with the excitement of the season, the year-end holidays can be difficult if you or a loved one has a concern about alcohol and other drugs. No matter the season, The Council is here to offer hope.

The Give Hope Campaign allows caring people, like you, to partner with us to provide prevention and intervention programs and services to children, youth and adults year-round.

Last year, your gifts to the Campaign helped us reach nearly 35,000 people in North Texas! We want to help 40,000 people next year, but we need your help.

Your support of the Give Hope Campaign will allow us to be there for the many people who urgently need our assistance.

The Give Hope Campaign started Dec. 1 and ends Dec. 31.  Your gift to the Campaign will provide a hopeful future to many of our neighbors and children all across North Texas.  Donate to our Give Hope Campaign today!

Power of Prevention Luncheon


The Council is grateful to everyone who made this year’s Power of Prevention Luncheon a success: those who attended and those who underwrote the event through sponsorships, donations, table purchases, ticket sales, and purchase of auction items. Special thanks to Sarah Hepola, Featured Speaker, Marie Reyes, Honorary Chair, Scott Murray, Emcee, and Shari Nelson, Event Chair. The Agent of Change Award was presented to the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Dallas Chapter, and the Generosity Award to Tom Reddin.

Click here to see a few event pictures and a list of sponsors.

70 Years of Community Impact

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This year the Council proudly celebrates 70 years of service. Our commitment to improve the health, safety and productivity of our communities strengthens our efforts to:  prevent problems with drug and alcohol abuse before they begin, intervene when they do, and promote recovery for those already affected.

Click here to read a full statement from Debbie Meripolski, Executive Director.

Click here to view of gallery of photos from 1946-2016.

Touching and Changing Lives

In the last year, The Council trained or provided direct services to nearly 35,000 people in our community. In addition, we reached tens of thousands more by
1) providing resources/materials to students, parents and teachers;
2) conducting public awareness campaigns via community events, billboards, public service announcements, and media coverage; and,
3) educating teachers, counselors and parents who pass on their skills and knowledge to countless others.

Thank you for helping us continue to touch and change lives!

About Us

For almost seven decades, The Council has served as the foremost community-based organization in North Texas offering substance abuse prevention and intervention services.
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Our Programs

Alliance on Underage Drinking, Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership, HIV Outreach and Prevention, Prevention Resource Center, Community Service and more.
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From gateway drug prevention, intervening in the lives of high-risk youth, handling HIV outreach or case management, or taking calls on the helpline, we’re there.
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Get Invested

Join us as together we prevent problems with alcohol and other drugs before they occur, intervene when they do and promote recovery for those who are already addicted.
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Substance Abuse Helpline, Drug Guide for Parents, and Community Assessments.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for The Council On Alcohol & Drug Abuse.
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Ways to Connect

Substance use disorder—known by many as substance abuse—is our country’s #1 health issue as contended by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and other respected national organizations.

home-connect01In Dallas, the volume of health-related stories involving adolescents and drugs and alcohol is staggering. Yet, we are not helpless. There are ways we can connect. There are mobilization efforts and community coalitions raising their collective voices every single day across all sectors.

There is a tangible return on investment that includes the health, safety and productivity of children, families, and communities throughout many Dallas-area counties.

Please connect with us—we’re on Facebook, Twitter and have a regular newsletter. We’re really social!

And our programs have their own web pages and connections; please check them out here:

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“Substance abuse is the number one (preventable) health problem in America.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“This program helped me want to go to school more.” Uriel, a student participating at a Gateway to College event

“They talked about real life situations. I was going through a lot of these problems we talked about.” anonymous student

Prevent. Intervene. Promote Recovery.

Join us as together we PREVENT problems with alcohol and other drugs before they occur,
INTERVENE when they do and PROMOTE RECOVERY for those who are already addicted.

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