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CDAP > Giving to the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
Giving to the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
Ways to Give

If the devastating effects of alcohol or drug dependence have touched you or a loved one, support the clinical or research work we are doing here at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs. Your philanthropic gift can help us in our quest to better understand these brain diseases and to provide better ways to prevent and treat them.

We are making great strides in unraveling the genetic and brain aspects of addiction to understand why people develop these substance abuse disorders. We are also one of the major centers in the United States investigating state-of-the-art medications that, along with community support groups and psychosocial treatments, can help people achieve and maintain an alcohol or drug free life.

Private gifts play a vital role in helping CDAP:

  • To support new scientists and ideas with great potential to generate future support by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. 
  • To enhance research into the genetic basis of alcohol effects and alcohol use disorders such that we might discover ways of preventing and treating “high risk” individuals who are unfortunate enough to be sensitive to alcohol’s addicting potential.
  • To find new ways, perhaps by blood tests, to detect heavy drinking even when individuals themselves might not realize, or admit, to such a situation. This would be a great boon to health care professionals who want to intervene early but do not have the tools to screen and identify those that can, and should, be helped.
  • To conduct pioneering brain imaging studies in young people and adolescents who might be vulnerable to developing alcohol use disorders. If we can understand who is vulnerable, and why, earlier intervention or education might be helpful to them.
  • To extend our outreach and educational effort to inform the general public about the causes, progression, and treatments for alcohol use disorders. In addition, we will teach more individuals, family members, and health care professionals how to recognize heavy drinking and how to intervene early. We ultimately believe that education is crucial in de-stigmatizing alcoholism and allowing for earlier intervention and prevention.

If you would like to be part of the solution to overcoming this destructive disease, please call Dr. Raymond Anton at 843-792-1226 or email antonr@musc.edu to discuss philanthropic giving to our Center. You can make a difference.  

  

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"I felt at all times that the staff I encountered were very interested in helping me. I never felt like a 'number.' "-CEL

" I did not feel judged or less of a person because of my alcohol issues. It has been a very positive experience...I also now realize this is a forever problem that I have to address on a daily basis."-Bobby

"This was an excellent experience. I learned a lot about alcohol dependence, coping strategies and other health related issues as they involve alcohol consumption. Most importantly my personal and family life have improved dramatically. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" -James