Heart & Hands

San Antonio Council on Alcohol And Drug Awareness (SACADA)

7500 Highway 90, Ste. 201 (Dave Coy Bldg)

San Antonio


7500 US-90, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA

Mission and Vision

Empowering our community to live healthy lives; by providing prevention, intervention, and recovery support services for children and adults.


Youth Prevention – Elementary; Middle/Junior High; High School; HYPE; Hill Country Youth Programs; Child/Youth: Trauma-Informed Care
Intervention & Recovery Services – Recovery Coaching and Support Services; Strong Families P.A.D.R.E. Program; Alcohol and Drug Assessments & SASSI Services; Alamo Area Recovery Initiative (ROSC)
Education & Training – First Friday Workshop - continuing education units; Alcohol Awareness Class (MIP); DWI Education Class (1st Offense); Alcohol and Drug Awareness Education Program (ADAEP); Marijuana Awareness Education Course (MAEC); State Approved Recovery Coach Training
Prevention Resource Center – SACADA Resource Center; PRC Region 8
Community Coalition – Circles of San Antonio Coalition -- Join the Coalition

Elementary Curriculum
Youth Prevention –
YPS: Kids Connection (by Rainbow Days) – a 10-week long, evidence-based curriculum that works on children’s resiliency and social skills; proven successful in reducing drug use.
YPU: Too Good for Drugs – Program (series of 10 sessions, 45 minutes each) targets all youth 1st-5th grade; uses an evidence-based program built around a framework of social and emotional skill development such as goal-setting, decision-making, effective communication, peer pressure refusal, pro-social bonding, conflict resolution, and media literacy.

High School Curriculum
YPU: Project Toward No Drug Abuse -- using the Too Good For Drugs curriculum (12 session program, 45 minutes per); intention of this program is to continue to educate youth about the consequences of drugs use (not intended for youth who are already experimenting with drugs or experiencing legal issues associated with drug use).
YPI: Project Toward No Drug Abuse -- teaches students how to have better relationship skills, increase self-esteem, fight stereotypes, and set short- and long-term goals; in addition to the curriculum, students meet one-on-one with group facilitators to see what resources our prevention specialist may be able to offer.
YPI: Youth Connection -- This 10-week program is for youth ages 14-18 who are at a higher-than-average risk for drug use; uses an evidence-based curriculum to work on youth’s resiliency and social skills, so they are less likely to use drugs as a coping mechanism.

HYPE: Helping Youth through Prevention Education – This is a Youth Coalition and Performing Arts group, which provides youth with an alternative to express themselves; HYPE members learn from skilled Hip Hop and other dance instructors. You can find HYPE ambassadors at different community events teaching younger children and their peers about the dangers of substance misuse through presentations and activities.

Hill Country Youth Programs – Evidence-based substance abuse prevention services to school students; the Youth Prevention Universal programs reach all of the general population.
Andrea Salazar (Youth Prevention Associate Director)

Child/Youth: Trauma Informed Care -- Project Strong Life – Free, trauma-informed care for children and youth who have experienced trauma because of someone else’s substance use; uses an evidence-based, short-term therapeutic model to meet the complex needs of young people and to improve life skills, build resilience, and increase understanding of substance use disorders. If you’d like to refer a child or youth to Project Strong Life please email us at stronglife@sacada.org .


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