In 1974 the Alcohol Information Center of Sussex County was incorporated as a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It was a community based information and referral organization, whose staff worked closely with alcohol treatment centers and 12-Step recovery programs to assist others in recovery. Developed by local residents responding to the needs of individuals, family members and friends, it focused on its primary goal of the prevention of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Its first executive director was Peggy Boyd, a dynamic woman with a strong sense of purpose and a clear vision. It was under her leadership that in 1980 the Alcohol Information Center became known as the Sussex Council on Alcohol, Inc.
With a staff of eight professionals in 1990, the agency continued to respond to and meet the diverse needs of the community by recognizing the severity of chemical dependency. In the late 1990’s, the organization became a multi-faceted social service agency. With the knowledge that the insidious disease of addiction touches the lives of our parents, grandparents, teens and infants from all economic and cultural backgrounds, the agency’s programs became focused on all segments of the Sussex County community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, children of all ages and people who are homeless.
This expansion increased the agency’s impact on families, individuals and the community, and inspired a name change in 2001 from the Sussex Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse to the Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC), Inc. The agency’s mission expanded to focus on building strong families and healthy adolescents, as well as preventing violence, suicide, HIV/AIDS, bullying and all forms of addiction. CFPC became licensed by the NJ Division of Addiction Services in 2005 to provide out-patient and intensive out-patient counseling to people with substance abuse and mental health issues, thus enabling the agency’s staff of more than 30 professionals to positively impact the people of Sussex County more than ever before in its history.
Whether through new funding opportunities, new collaborations or new programs that are created to respond to the latest drugs of abuse and related current issues, CFPC’s dedication to fighting this disease remains as strong and constant as it was in 1974.