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Summit for Danny Spain

May 18-28, 2015

Support Our Climbers!

A team of hikers walk the legendary Camino de Santiago to raise funds for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.



Dine Out for CADA Kids

June 30, 2015

On Tuesday, June 30, participating restaurants will donate 15-25% of food sales to CADA Kids. All proceeds will go to support CADA’s prevention programs for youth in Santa Barbara.



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Council on Alcoholism & Drug AbuseBuilding a Safer,
Healthier Community


The mission of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is building a safer, healthier community by preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse.


We welcome you to our website, invite you to learn more about our many programs throughout Santa Barbara County, and hope you will consider supporting our work. If you or a friend or family member need help with a substance abuse problem, our knowledgeable and professional staff is available to answer any questions you have and provide assistance or referral as needed. Please call us at (805) 963-1433 for further information.  



Amethyst Ball Soars to New Heights
with the British Invasion!


The 2015 Amethyst Ball rose to new heights this year as 400 guests packed the Bacara Resort and Spa's main ballroom on Saturday, April 11 for a star-studded gala: The British Invasion. Guests arrived in an entertaining mix of black tie and 60's mod fashion, and were greeted by royal impersonators. The crowd sported Beatles wigs, British Flag mini-dresses and white boots, and various psychedelic outfits.

A sumptuous meal was capped off by a bread pudding dessert—a favorite of Princess Diana— created especially for the evening by Darren McGrady, former chef to the royal family.

The dance floor was packed till the last number as guest were entertained by Peter Noone and his Herman's Hermits band, Eric Burdon of the Animals, and Alan Parsons, known for the Alan Parsons Project and for working with the Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road.

The event's success was due to the creative planning and hard work of honorary chairs Peter Noone and his wife Mireille, and event chairs Bob Bryant, Susan Neuman, Holly Murphy, Betsy Turner and Anne Towbes. Thanks also to our numerous underwriters and patrons, and to all of those who bid on our silent and live auction items and donated to our special appeal to support CADA's school-based Youth Service Specialists. Special thanks goes to Peter Hilf for his generous gift of $100,000 to support CADA's programs.


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Hiking for a Cause on the Legendary Camino de Santiago: May 18 - 28, 2015


Our intrepid team of trekkers leave soon for our Annual Summit for Danny Destination Climb on the legendary trail of Camino de Santiago. For over one thousand years, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, has attracted countless spiritual and adventure-seeking pilgrims alike. The historic town and cathedral of Santiago de Compostela—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—houses the remains of the Apostle James, said to have brought Christianity to Spain.

During the Middle Ages, traveling over the mighty Pyrenees from all over Europe to see such a powerful relic became more than just a spiritual journey; for many, it was the quest of a lifetime. While Santiago de Compostela still draws the faithful today, the stunning trail system leading to it also entices hikers to experience the exhilaration of trekking through two countries, varied terrain, and a millennium’s worth of legends.


Climbers pay all of their own expenses, so every dollar raised goes to support subtance abuse treatment for teens. We hope you will join our climbers on their journey, by pledging a donation for every destination they reach, to support the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center. To make a donation in support of a climber, click here.

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Learn More About Our Youth Service System in Santa Barbara Schools

At this year's Amethyst Ball, guests were moved by these heart-felt interviews with our Youth Service Specialists who work with students in local junior high and high schools to support them in dealing with a variety of mental health, behavioral, school, family, and substance abuse problems. >READ MORE




Fighting Back Against
Alcohol & Drug Abuse


Santa Barbara Fighting Back


CADA is the administrative agency for Santa Barbara Fighting Back, a community collaborative that works together to plan and implement community-wide initiatives to address the problems caused by substance abuse.




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Annual Report

In this Issue:


  • President's Message 
  • CADA's School-Based
  • Daniel Bryant Youth
    & Family Center 
  • Project Recovery
    Adult Treatment Programs
  • Adult Counseling
    and Education Programs 
  • Financial Statement
  • The CADA Family of Support



Fighting Back
Mentor Program
Online Resource Center

Online Mentor Resource Center

The Fighting Back Mentor Program has launched an online resource center: This website offers mentors and others interested in the program with detailed information about how to become a mentor, or how to get involved in the program in other ways, like volunteering, donating, or helping to recruit mentors. Primarily, the purpose of the site is to provide resources for mentors on activities they can do with their mentee, community events, and in-depth articles on a variety of youth development topics and issues facing children and teens today. Topics cover every area of life — school, personal life, social life, health, substance abuse prevention, gang prevention, and more. It's also a great resource for parents! We hope you will visit the site, make use of the resources you'll find there and give us your feedback.


The Mentor Resource Center was made possible by a grant from The Towbes Foundation.



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