Our History

CDARS was created in 1985 by a local mum after her son died of drug misuse. CDARS was formally established in 1991 to provide emotional, practical and social support to substance misusers and their significant others.

Over the years we have remained committed to the local communities we serve. We have had a very strong presence in Merton since our inception, and recently expanded to Wandsworth. However, we have remained true to our values and we continue to be locally-rooted. Indeed, our Board of Trustees and members of staff have a deep connection with the local communities we work in: many are local residents and therefore have a personal connection to the local area.

Our Board of Trustees and clinical workers also have a strong connection to the cause: a number of them were service users prior to joining the organisation as employees. This deep understanding of the effects of drug and alcohol enables our workers to provide person-centred support to our clients.