Mission Statement

The Centre for Counselling Addiction Support Alternatives (CASA) is committed to providing crisis intervention community-based prevention, treatment and rehabilitation service to persons experiencing substance abuse and related problems regardless of culture, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual preference, disability or social status.


First of its kind!

CASA is a non-residential facility and caters to persons ages 12 and upward who are experiencing difficulties with illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or other. We are the first non-residential treatment centre in Barbados.


Rationale

Substance Abuse has been and continues to be one of the most consistent and significant contributions to the social and family problems in existence in our communities. Outpatient programs are shown to be just as effective, and less expensive, than most in-patient residential treatment programs, and by maintaining individuals at home and at work keep families together, promote a better level of production, and are cost effective. Outpatient treatment programs can be a means of reducing the stigma of substance abuse. The primary objective of C.A.S.A is to provide a non-residential prevention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation service with a focus on the following target groups:

  1. Persons, who are presenting with substance abuse problems, often choose no to enter residential programs for fear of losing their jobs, loss of financial earnings and fear of family disruption.
  2. Parents/Guardians with young children who tend not to enter residential programs because they prefer not to be separated from their children and families.
  3. Currently, no non-residential or residential programs are geared to meet the need of adolescents and children of school age who are at risk of suspension or expulsion from school if they are known to be drug users/abusers.
  4. Recovering persons who have completed residential treatment programs and those who have left prison but run the risk of relapsing due to the lack of non-residential treatment facilities.
  5. Persons with disabilities who have substance abuse problems and have limited access to outreach services.