It is with great excitement and joy that NCADD Sacramento turned 40 years old this year!

Since 1974 the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has proudly served and strengthened individuals and families. NCADD Sacramento strongly believes in supporting and aiding individuals and families because we know when they succeed, the community thrives.

NCADD Sacramento understands that individuals do not live in isolation, but that every individual has contact with four different contexts: self, family, community and society.

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published an article that explained the four different contexts in the form of a graph. The article illustrates that every individual has biological and psychological characteristics that determine their level of risk and protection; these characteristics are called risk and protective factors.  Access the article’s webpage here.

Risk and protective factors also exist in families, communities, and society. Protective factors for an individual can include a positive self-image, self-control, or social competence. Risk factors can include a genetic predisposition to addiction or a prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol. Risk and protective factors vary in each context. The article provided by SAMHSA illustrates that the individual is the focal point, but the next context is the family.

It is crucial that prevention services are provided to the family unit to increase protective factors around the individual and to decrease risk factors.

The Prevention Department at NCADD Sacramento specifically works with individuals and families in a variety of family focused programs. Research reports that working with the family unit is often the most effective method in preventing drug and alcohol use amongst youth. Additionally, research states that the number one reason youth do not engage in drug and alcohol is because they do not want to disappoint their parent or a caring adult in their life.

The Prevention Department at NCADD Sacramento acknowledges this research provides an opportunity and platform to engage the family unit.

The Prevention Department at NCADD Sacramento engages the family context by providing the following programs:

  • Strengthening Families Program
  • Strengthening Families Program- Christian Companion
  • Kernel Program

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a 14 session program geared to enhance and strengthen the lives of all types of families. SFP works specifically with families with children between the ages of six and sixteen years old. The curriculum in SFP is purposed to increase positive communication, rewards, goal setting, and explain effective discipline and rule making.

The Strengthening Families Program- Christian Companion (SFPCC) is a faith based option offered to the families at NCADD Sacramento. The SFPCC is often taught by faith leaders at local congregations and faith based organization.

The Kernel Program is a behavioral vaccine program that engages with parents and teaches them a “kernel” of parenting information. The Kernel program is a one-hour program taught in a variety of settings throughout the Sacramento Region.

If you or someone you know is interested in strengthening their family, please call Jessica Fielding at (916) 922-5118 ext 101 or email