The Council recently made a subtle but important change to its name. Sometimes terminology used in discussion of alcohol and other drugs can suggest that problematic use of substances is the result of personal failing; that some people lack the willpower or character to control their substance use. However, research shows addictive substances can lead to dramatic changes in brain function and reduce a person’s ability to control his or her alcohol or drug use. Language is important. Even highly trained clinicians are more likely to assign blame rather than therapeutic measures when a subject is referred to as a “substance abuser” or an “addict.” Or worse. So here is the big concern. Negative bias, shame, and concerns about social, economic and legal consequences of disclosing problems with alcohol or drugs can deter individuals and their families from seeking help.

Consequently, the American Medical Association, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy are recommending that we all work toward reducing stigma by improving our terminology. As a result, The Council’s Board of Directors has approved the elimination of the word “abuse” from the Council’s name. And now that new name is legally registered with the Texas Secretary of State. We are, simply put, The Council on Alcohol & Drugs. By this action, we are doing our small part to reduce negative bias AND negative impact.



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, tickets sales, and purchase of auction items. Special thanks to CDR Karen Hearod, Featured Speaker, Philip Van Guilder, Perspective on Impact Speaker, and Scott Murray, Emcee. The Agent of Change Award was presented to the Drug Enforcement Administration – Dallas Division, Diversion and TDS Group, and the Generosity Award to Kenn W. Webb.


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Touching and Changing Lives


In the last year, The Council trained or provided direct services to approximately 32,000 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!


2017 Power of Prevention Luncheon Sponsor Spotlight

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About Us

For almost seven decades, The Council has served as the foremost community-based organization in North Texas offering substance misuse 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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Information Helpline, Drug Guide for Parents, and Regional Needs Assessments.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for The Council on Alcohol & Drugs.
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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!

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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.