APNC began life back in 1960 after a collection of loosely-connected state
and local alcohol education and rehabilitation groups united to form
Alcoholism Programs of North Carolina. Two of those groups -- the Durham
Council on Alcoholism and the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism -- were
early affiliates of the National Council on Alcoholism (now known as the
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD). It was
with the guidance and blessing of the National Council on Alcoholism that
APNC was officially born.
The first incarnation of APNC addressed a variety of substance abuse
issues, including how to improve follow-up rehabilitation procedures,
addiction service training and alcohol education in the school system, as
well as how best to strengthen Alcoholism Programs of North Carolina as a
whole. Back then the organization’s greatest concern though was
educating North Carolina communities on alcohol and alcoholism. Now its
concerns have expanded to include all forms of substance abuse.