We go a long way back.

The Council on Recovery is Houston’s oldest and largest non-profit organization providing prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services to all who are adversely affected by alcohol, drugs, and addiction-related issues. Founded in 1946, the Council on Recovery is the leading provider of support, information, and outpatient treatment for substance abuse in Houston. Here’s a timeline of the events that forever changed how those suffering from addiction are treated:

Year: 1939

Bill W. publishes Alcoholics Anonymous, describing how to recover from alcoholism using the now seminal Twelve Step Program.

Year: 1945

Only 97 hospitals in the entire United States accept patients for treatment as alcoholics. There are none in Texas.

Year: 1946

The Council’s precursor, Houston Committee for Education on Alcoholism (HCEA) forms after a speech by Marty Mann, the Executive Director of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism.

Year: 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).

Year: 1956

American Medical Association acknowledges alcoholism as a disease and urges hospitals to consider admitting such patients with a diagnosis of alcoholism.

Year: 1960

HCA and HIAP present a two-year pilot program for alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation for homeless, chronic public drunkenness offenders.

Year: 1966

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a chronic alcoholic cannot be arrested and treated as a criminal, though he may be detained for medical treatment.

Year: 1982

The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (HCADA) has six employees, yet manages to effectively help the Houston community.

Year: 1986

The organization establishes HCADA Development Fund, Inc. as its fundraising arm of the agency.

Year: 1988

The HCADA Development Fund, Inc. receives 501(c)(3) status.

Year: 1991

The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (HCADA) has 44 full-time employees and 9 part-time employees.

Year: 1995

HCADA commissions an Attitude and Awareness Study regarding public opinion of alcohol and drug abuse.

Year: 1996

The Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse awards HCADA a grant to establish the Prevention Resource Center (PRC).

Year: 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.

Year: 2000

The Waggoners Foundation underwrites the organization and The Council successfully launches The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series.

Year: 2002

The Council acquires the Center for Recovering Families establishing it as a new division of The Council with a full range of treatment, counseling, and recovery services.

Year: 2004

The High Road merges with the Center for Recovering Families.  The Center adds an adolescent outpatient treatment program and substance abuse intervention to its list of services.

Year: 2007

The Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives: Toward the Next 60 Years capital fund campaign raises $7,303,581 and construction begins on a new campus to house The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.

Year: 2010

The Council provides direct services to 64,945 unduplicated clients in schools, community centers, city/county service offices, corporations, churches, senior centers, and at The Council offices.

Year: 2012

Center for Recovering Families now includes clinical services for adults, adolescents and children, intervention services, intensive workshops, Kids Camp at The Council, the CHOICES prevention program, the Behavioral Health Training Institute, and the Corporate Aftercare Program.

Year: 2014

The Council contracts MHMRA of Harris County to hire 30 chemical dependency professionals to be co-located at MHMRA facilities to help screen and stabilize dual-disordered clients with addiction issues.

Year: 2015

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston’s name changes to The Council on Recovery, with the launch of a new brand and star logo.

Year: 2016

The Council’s Choices prevention and education program is now in 6 area high schools. A 4-year study published in the Journal of Addiction validates strong results of the Choices program for students, teachers and parents.