1939

  • Alcoholics Anonymous published.

1945

  • Only 97 hospitals in U.S. accept patients for treatment as alcoholics. There are no such hospitals in Texas.

1946

  • Houston Committee for Education on Alcoholism (HCEA) formed after a speech by Marty Mann, the Executive Director of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism. Early HCEA members included James Anderson, E.A Craft, Nina Cullinan, Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby, Dr. Hartman Kilgore, William A. Kirkland, Judge Cleo Miller, Dr. James Molloy, and Bishop Clinton Quin.

1952

  •  After compiling and examining a history of HCEA, an organizing committee decides to form and incorporate a new organization—the Houston Committee on Alcoholism (HCA).

1956

  • American Medical Association acknowledges alcoholism as a disease.

1982

  •  The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (HCADA) has only six employees.

1996

  •  HCADA is doing business as The Houston Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (The Houston Council).

1999

  •  Name changes to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, and The Council launches a new brand and star logo and moves into its new home at 303 Jackson Hill.

2000

  •  The Waggoners Foundation underwrites and The Council launches The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series.

2002

  •  The Council acquires the Center for Recovering Families and welcomes Mary Bell, Abi Williams and staff to the new division of The Council.

2013

  •  On January 1, 2013, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston forms a historical merger with Austin Recovery, Inc. To better serve Texas, Austin Recovery merged with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, the largest non-profit provider of outpatient addiction treatment services in the state. The partnership between our two organizations will bring an enhanced continuum of recovery services to both communities, while fulfilling the organizations’ common mission of offering affordable alcohol and drug abuse treatment at the highest standards.

2015

  •  Austin Recovery and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston rebrand under a new name – The Council on Recovery. The Council on Recovery serves both Houston and Austin, providing a unified name, mission and brand to both communities. With both inpatient and outpatient services, The Council on Recovery is the only center to provide a full spectrum of prevention, education and recovery resources to the Houston and Austin communities.

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