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Goals & Objectives

Consistent with the NCADA mission, the following goals and objectives have been established by the NCADA board of directors:

Goal - Information

To serve as the central resource for information on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and associated problems and issues


  • Establish, maintain and promote two resource libraries replete with videos, curriculum materials, books, periodicals, pamphlets, and articles
  • Subscribe to journals and other publications and peruse internet sites that provide the latest statistical, scientific and programmatic information and best practices.
  • Develop and maintain a website promoting NCADA programs and services, making current information readily available to the public and opening communication with persons in need of help.
Goal - Public Awareness

To raise public awareness about the nature and extent of alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction, its impact on society, and NCADA's role in reducing this impact.


  • Educate the community through workshops, seminars, and media campaigns.
  • Conduct special forums/debates on key issues affecting the substance abuse field (i.e., counselor licensing, employee drug screening, AIDS, managed care, crime, etc.).
  • Collaborate with local treatment providers to offer public lectures on addiction and family disease.
Goal - Prevention

Develop, promote and implement strategies that prevent or reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and related problems.


  • Educate youth on the nature and consequences of chemical substance use.
  • Offer comprehensive programs for youth that develop skills, behaviors and attitudes that reduce their risk of involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Develop opportunities for youth to engage in recreational, social and community service activities that reinforce a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Involve youth as peer mentors, mediators, and trainers of skill-based prevention strategies.
  • Provide training to parents, teachers and other youth-serving adults to reinforce prevention concepts in their homes, schools and communities.
Goal - Intervention

To promote understanding of addiction disease and its impact on individuals and families; to reduce the stigma of addiction disease; and, to serve as an objective source for assessment, counseling and treatment referral.


  • Offer telephone Helpline for anyone seeking professional and confidential help for addiction or related problems.
  • Provide professional in-office information, counseling and referral services for alcoholics, drug addicts, problem drinkers and drug abusers.
  • Provide education and intervention programs for parents and their children or teens experiencing substance abuse problems.
  • Develop substance abuse education and intervention programs for older adults.
  • Produce a directory of treatment resources.
Goal - Advocacy

To organize advocacy efforts for responsible and effective policies, laws and resources that support the NCADA mission.


  • Establish, coordinate and/or participate in task forces, research groups and citizen voluntary efforts in order to mobilize community support in combating substance abuse, addiction and related problems.
  • Reinforce advocacy efforts through the recognition of professional and volunteer achievements.
  • Develop a student advocacy component to support existing adult efforts.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a statewide support and advocacy network for recovering alcohol/drug addicted individuals.
  • Coordinate meetings, receptions, and educational opportunities for Missouri policy makers to build support for issues impacting the substance abuse field.