Our History

Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services (CDARS) initiated in 1985 by a local mother. It was formally established as a charity in 1991 as a service providing emotional, practical and social support to substance misusers, people with mental health issues and other complex needs and their carers.

CDARS has an established reputation in the addiction field and the quality of the work delivered has been recognised by various bodies over the years. Several awards have been won since the project was established including the Whitbread Community Care Award in 1988, the Certificate of Merit for contributions towards community service from the Co-operative Union Ltd in 1991, Community Award from the Mayor of Merton in 1998, and the Trust for London award for committed services to the community in acknowledgment of outstanding achievement also in 1998. 

CDARS has also received visits from the  Ministry of Crime Reduction, Mayor of London Office and local MP in Merton for its achievements in the contribution given to reducing drug use and related crime locally.

CDARS is a unique organisation that sets itself apart from many others. It has always been a step ahead and a pioneer in many of the services provided over the years. Services that have become well recognised and part of the national agenda for the treatment of substance misuse.  It has 30 years of experience in working with vulnerable people with complex needs and supports over 1,500 users each year.

CDARS has all appropriate quality management systems such as QUADS, DANOS, and ISO27001.