St. Louis News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Launches “The Wellness Council”

St. Louis, MO – Yesterday, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area (NCADA) announced the formation of its young friends organization,  The Wellness Council, dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and holistic wellbeing.

“We saw a gap that needed to be addressed.” said Nichole Dawsey, Executive Director of NCADA.  “We know that people crave opportunities to authentically socialize and engage with their peers.  While the notions of ‘wellness’ and ‘wellbeing’ have become trendy, we must challenge the concept that socializing must occur over drinks at a happy hour.”

St. Louis, home of numerous breweries, is known for its happy hours and bar scene.  For people who are currently abstaining or have struggled with substance use in the past avoiding these events can be isolating.

Annie O’Donoghue, President of The Wellness Council, said “So much of St. Louis’ social life revolves around the use of alcohol and other drugs.  The Wellness Council provides a much needed environment for people who are in recovery, or for people who choose not to use.”

The Wellness Council hosts and promotes pro-social activities that are not centered on substance use, as well as events focused on financial wellbeing, mindfulness, physical wellness, and other elements of wellbeing.

NCADA encourages those interested in learning more to visit

NCADA is a community health organization that works to prevent and reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs through education, intervention, and advocacy.

SOURCE: news provided by NCADA-STL.ORG on January 3, 2018