Artwork by former CADT client.

The late 50s and early 60s were the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, the war on poverty and a multitude of social reformist movements. It was also the beginning of a pioneering era in which the field of chemical dependency was being conceived and born. Visionary alcoholism treatment programs were being created in Minnesota that would transform the treatment of alcoholism into a legitimate field of human services.  In 1961, a group of concerned citizens came together to form an agency to serve the Arrowhead Region that was called the Center on Problem Drinking (COPD) and would later become the Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment (CADT). The goals of the COPD were twofold:

  1. Change perceptions about alcoholism.
  2. Create effective treatment programs for alcoholics.

The above goals, in essence, remain the same. Through the dedication of its early founders—some of whom have been with CADT since the early years—and those that have followed, the Center has been able to:

  • Develop innovative programming in response to changing community needs.
  • Continue to look for gaps in alcoholism and drug addiction services delivery structure and meet those gaps whenever possible.
  • Seek out community and agency partnerships that benefit the people each serves.