Our Mission:  Reducing the Prevalence and Consequences of Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction Diseases through 1. Education 2. Diagnosis and 3. Treatment
Current Programs > Drug Diversion (PC100, DEJ)

The NCA-BA drug diversion program is dedicated to working with participants to successfully address their alcohol or drug related problems. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate dependency on alcohol and drugs, thereby maintaining the health and safety of the individual and the public. Our standard 2-hour sessions can be tailored to specific needs and our drug testing services are available to augment the standard program.


In general, drug diversion program graduates have fewer re-arrests than any of the other outcome groups. In most areas of the country, the average arrest rate for the diversion graduate group continues to decline from the first year post graduation through the third year post graduation.

Numerous large-scale cost benefit studies reveal that every dollar spent on drug treatment saves between $2 and $7 on law enforcement, corrections, health care, lost productivity, and welfare. Savings in jail bed days alone have been estimated to be at least $5,000 per individual.

The NCA-BA drug diversion program consists of individual and group counseling sessions. Topics include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, relapse prevention , and HIV/AIDS infection. Involvement in a traditional self-help program is also encouraged.

The objectives of our drug diversion program include:

  • Providing education to all participants about drug addiction and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the individual, the family, and the community
  • Providing encouragement and support to all participants to evaluate, understand, and accept responsibility for their individual decision about the continued use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Providing health nurturing models that contribute to each participants’ ability to make appropriate and permanent healthy lifestyle changes
  • Reducing substance use and related criminal activity
  • Enhancing community safety
  • Reducing reliance on incarceration for non-violent drug dependant offenders
  • Providing resources and support to assist the drug dependent offender in the acquisition of skills necessary for the maintenance of sobriety
  • Reducing the impact of drug related cases on criminal justice resources
  • Rewarding positive life changes while maintaining accountability for negative conduct.
National Council on Alcoholism Bay Area (NCA-BA)
944 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102