Welcome to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs



Effective with the passage of the 2013-2014 Budget Act and associated legislation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) no longer exists as of July 1, 2013. All ADP programs and staff, except the Office of Problem Gambling, transferred to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Please visit the DHCS website. Read more...


One of the key strategic goals of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is to develop and maintain a comprehensive, integrated statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery system. Our efforts focus on making treatment and recovery services accessible and available for all Californians in need of treatment, and to improve the core life domains of alcohol and other drug (AOD) clients.

find treatment help

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, there are treatment services available throughout California to help you get on the road to recovery.

Treatment Standards for Substance Abuse Disorders

ADP has completed drafts of the "California's Best System Practices" and "Treatment Standards for Substance Use Disorders" for review. These drafts are available on our Treatment Standards development page and we invite you to provide input.

resource center

A comprehensive collection of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and treatment information is available to all California residents at no cost through a clearinghouse, lending services, internet links, and a telephone information and referral system.

youth Services

There are critical differences between youth and adult AOD-related problems that require additional safety precautions, unique strategies, enhanced services, and distinctive staff expertise. Over the last five years, California has worked intensely to establish an appropriate system of care for substance using youth, including outreach, early intervention, low and high intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment (in group home settings and juvenile detention facilities), and continuing care.

women's programs

In California, over 300 publicly funded perinatal alcohol and drug treatment programs annually serve the needs of over 38,000 pregnant and parenting women. Our vision is that all women should have access to participant/client-centered, comprehensive, gender-responsive alcohol and other drug services.

problem gambling

For most people, gambling is recreational. However, for some people, gambling leads to debilitating problems resulting in harm. If you or someone you know might have a gambling problem, help is available. Learn the signs of a gambling problem; take a confidential self-survey.


ADP currently licenses 472 driving-under-the-influence (DUI) programs designed to enable participants to consider attitudes and behavior, support positive lifestyle changes, reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and prevent repeat DUI offenses.

Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Treatment Program

Assembly Bill 106 (Chapter 32, Statutes of 2011) approved the transfer of California’s Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) program from the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), effective July 1, 2012. 

ADP staff worked in concert with DHCS staff and stakeholders in the alcohol and other drug field to implement a successful transfer of the DMC Treatment Program administrative functions.  A major plus in the transition is the fact that many of ADP’s knowledgeable DMC Treatment Program employees will continue with their DMC functions, thus spreading the institutional knowledge of alcohol and other drug treatment services  to DHCS.  The DMC personnel will remain at 1700 K Street in the ADP building for the immediate future.
Below is a link to the Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program page on the DHCS website.


california access to recovery effort

The California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE) currently provides vouchers in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties for youth (ages 12 through 20) in need of alcohol and drug treatment, and recovery support services. A new federal award (approximately $4.8 million per year) will enable CARE to expand services to Butte, Shasta, and Tehama counties to target methamphetamine using youth.

co-occuring disorders

The Departments of Alcohol and Drug Programs and Mental Health are working together to eliminate barriers between the substance abuse and mental health treatment systems at both the state and local levels on behalf of persons with dual diagnoses of serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders, now called co-occurring disorders (COD).


Find contact information for all programs and offices at the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.