National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Orange County
Since 1957, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County (NCADD-OC), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, community-based organization, has been providing professional services on alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related issues. NCADD-OC provides high-quality programs and services, reaching diverse socio-economic populations, which aim to improve the quality of life for the residents of Orange County. One such program is the Drinking Driver Program that was licensed through the county and state, in 1975, to offer alcohol education programs and classes to individuals convicted of driving under the influence. The program teaches information about the laws and policies of driving under the influence, binge drinking, social availability, underage drinking, and strategies to prevent second and multiple offenses. With offices in Irvine and Santa Ana, NCADD-OC is strategically located to provide quality services and resources to all cities of Orange County. NCADD-OC offers educational classes and programs available in multiple languages, including: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Korean, to better serve the needs of as many people as possible in the community.
In 1998, NCADD-OC developed its Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Services division, utilizing experienced health educators to help deliver NCADD-OC’s vision. NCADD-OC’s mission is bound by standards that focus on the interrelationships between health and quality of life. NCADD-OC employs research-based health education theories and extensive experience in implementing successful prevention and intervention strategies targeting community risk factors. Since its inception, NCADD-OC Prevention Services has designed, executed, and evaluated ATOD-related prevention services throughout Orange County.
The philosophy of NCADD-OC Prevention Services is bound by standards from the Community Readiness Model, the Public Health Model, and Diffusion of Innovations. Each of these health education theories addresses behavior and prevention planning from a community-wide perspective rather than focusing on the individual.