Barbara Thompson’s comprehensive career in the field of addiction and recovery started 34 years ago when she joined the NCADD Bay Area staff as a trainer of trainers. The Youth Aware program was such a success in the San Francisco School District, that the program expanded to include the NCADD San Jose affiliate where hundreds more students and teachers were taught about the disease of alcoholism.

She moved from prevention to treatment in 1982 becoming Program Manager of the adult and adolescent Care Units at Marshall Hale Hospital in San Francisco. She came to Sacramento as the Assistant Administrator of Starting Point Hospitals where she helped form Red Ribbon Week. She was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Blue Ribbon Task For On Health Care, where she served for 6 years.

Thompson has taught “Communicating With The Addict” to hundreds of police, parole probation officers throughout the state of California. In her position as Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the Sacramento region, she is a passionate advocate for prevention of substance abuse and recovery from addiction for individuals and their families.