Our History
1969 - the initial organization of the Council came about through citizen involvement as a result of a Waukesha County Board resolution encouraging Citizen groups to organize around the needs of the alcoholic
žThe 1970’s
•1971 - Alcoholism Council of Waukesha County was incorporated
•1973 - The Council opened its doors for services, Robert Pritchard named first Executive Director, adopted name change to Waukesha County Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse, Inc., Hotline established
•1974- First public open house hosted by Council to acquaint public with Council’s role in the community, Council designated as Intoxicated Driver Program assessment facility for Waukesha County
•1975- Began offering 24-hour crisis intervention services, including a volunteer transport system to provide a process to control public  intoxication and relieve law enforcement of the health problem associated with alcoholism
•1976- Dean Gard named second Executive Director
•1977- Council began offering formal prevention education programming in local schools

žThe 1980’s
•1980- Separate assessment and prevention departments were formed
•1981- Kay Twerion named as third Executive Director
•1982- The Home Supportive Care Program for the Older Adult was officially initiated with public funding
•1988- Claudia Roska named fourth Executive Director
•1989- The Hotline was renamed the Helpline, the Alcohol Assessment Alternative Program (3A Program) for the underage drinker was initiated, Council annex was opened in memory of Kay Twerion, street outreach program for HIV initiated to reach those at-risk of contracting HIV, formal prevention curriculum for schools developed along with teacher training

žThe 1990’s
•1990- CHIP Cosmos curriculum developed and initiated providing an innovative method to interact with elementary school children to teach prevention
•1991- HIV outreach program expanded to include services to the growing Spanish-speaking population in Waukesha County
•1993- Victim Impact Program (VIP) initiated for intoxicated drivers under the Council’s facilitation
•1995- Information Technology strategy implemented to computerize assessment process and data compilation
•1996-Perinatal Case Management Program initiated to reach pregnant substance-abusing women. Oconomowoc office opened to provide assessment services in western Waukesha County
•1999-Street Outreach Program initiated to reach chronic, homeless, addicted population in Waukesha; Sharing Treatment and Recovery Program (STAR) for women initiated; Annual state-wide, professional continuing education conference on Women and Special Topics in Addiction initiated;  Council named as 1999 Outstanding Collaborative Effort for Perinatal Case Management Program with Up Connection by the Wisconsin Maternal Child Health Coalition

žInto 2000 and Beyond...
•2000-Council named as fiscal agent to administer the Waukesha County Tobacco Free Coalition’s Master Settlement Agreement dollars; Council begins to offer drug testing to compliment assessment and case management services
•2001-Council changes name to Addiction Resource Council, Inc. and moves to new location, begins study of expanding Council’s mission to include research.  Named to join Statewide Task Force to rewrite Intoxicated Driver Assessment Administrative Rule HFS 62
•2003-Council publishes the first Waukesha County Alcohol and Other Drug Impact Index.
•2004-Council selected to work with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to improve affiliate relations
•2005-Expanded workplace-based programming by including the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking clinic.  Initiated the graduated driver safety plan and included use of the EDAC technology to provide quick detection of relapse and engage clients in appropriate services.
•2006-Hosted the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Annual Conference.  Began work with Rogers Memorial Hospital and the NIAAA on hair analysis to detect relapse quickly and less invasively.
•2007-Initiated use of research-based Prime for Life® lifestyle risk reduction curriculum with Stop and THINK underage substance use program

•2010-Expanded early intervention efforts to teens and families through partnership with Your Choice-Live for in-school and community-based prevention and early intervention programming
•2011-Public release of EDAC Pilot Study results showing success as relapse prevention intervention on Driver Safety Plans. Further expanded early intervention services teens by adding Teen Intervention program
•2012-Chaired Waukesha County’s Community Health Improvement Planning Process (CHIPP) Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Planning Response Team to develop county-wide work plan to reduce unhealthy and risky substance use across the county as part of environmental and community-based processes
•2013 – Current Executive Director, Claudia Roska retires after 25 years of service.  New Executive Director, Joe Muchka comes on board. Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition (DFC) begins collaborating with ARC.
•2014 – Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition (DFC) becomes a division of Addiction Resource Council
•2015 – Addiction Resource Council pilots a new program called ‘We’re Not Buying It” geared towards middle school youth

•2016 – Addiction Resource Council pilots a new program called ‘Resist The Influence” geared towards middle school youth media literacy, as well as, began research on the development of a program addressing misuse of prescription drugs and the elderly


Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.


Council, Inc.

Addiction Resource