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The Australian Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. was founded in 1992 modelled on the American National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc., which was founded by Marty Mann, the first woman to recover in Alcoholics Anonymous.

In her recovery Marty Mann declared:

“What we really need is a National organisation whose purpose is to educate the Public about alcoholism and addiction and share the information that we have and to share the joys of recovery.”

Following Australia’s Foundation for Research and Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. NSW, Alcoholics and Drug Dependent Persons Services, Victoria and Australian Foundation on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,; The Australian Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. adopted this same philosophy, so that families and individuals could continue to seek help and information on the family disease of alcoholism and addiction.

Our mission in the Australian Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. is to develop affiliates in every state in Australia and create a voluntary Health organisation dedicated to overcome Australia’s No 1 health problem – Alcoholism and Addiction and to address the devastating consequences of problem drinking and drug use on individuals, families and the community.

The Australian Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is a National organisation, referred to as A.C.A.D.D., and is based on a structure of ACADD staff, volunteers and commettee members who carry out our mission at a local and regional level.

  • A.C.A.D.D. already reaches thousands of individuals, families and communities Nationwide through the 7000 phone calls per year received by the 1800 Hopeline.
  • A.C.A.D.D. also offers telephone assessments, confidential face to face assessments and is responsible for the admissions to the Canton Beach Homestead, Family Addiction Residential Recovery Centre.

The role at a local level is providing direct help, support and assistance to individuals and families living with alcoholism and addiction, through education, information and referral, prevention and education services, training, advocacy and a whole range of other services.

As an example last year over 4,800 (2011) families, relatives and community called ACADD seeking help and information. These people are from all walks of life and were provided with information on alcoholism and addiction the family disease and where help and support could be found for treatment and rehabilitation in thier local area. Just as often ACADD receives calls of appreciation and thanks from people who followed through the information and referrals they were given and found their path to recovery.

That’s a fabulous example of what ACADD does day in and day out at A.C.A.D.D.

A.C.A.D.D. is seeking to open up affiliate offices Nationwide to offer education and information on alcoholism and addiction recovery to all Australians, whilst providing ongoing treatment and rehabilitation to parents and children of all ages.

“We encourage all Australians to get behind this wonderful organisation and the work it is doing, to inform Australia of the Nations No 1 health problem – alcoholism and addiction, offering hope and encouragement for people to get support and assistance.” Josh D

We ask you to join with us in the spirit of recovery, become a member, volunteer or “Pass a Buck” to A.C.A.D.D. in unity with the recovery families and community.

We welcome you to come as strangers and leave as friends as together with the community organisations, corporations and individuals already in partnership with A.C.A.D.D., we challenge the epidemic of problem drinking and drug use in Australia.

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