ADIC-India was established in 1988 as the outcome of a State Level Seminar convened by the stalwarts of the Temperance Movement in Kerala Late Mrs. Lakshmi N. Menon (Former Union Minister for External Affairs, Govt of India), Late Mr. A. P. Udayabhanu (Veteran Social Worker, who has also served as the Chairman of the Kerala Government Prohibition Commission) and Mr. Johnson J. Edayaranmula (Social Activist & Founder General Secretary, Kerala State Youth Council for Prohibition), seeking pragmatic solutions in controlling and preventing the increasing menace of alcoholism and substance abuse in the country.
Though ADIC was registered in 1989 and was officially Inaugurated in 1990 by H.E. the Governor of Kerala Dr. Saroop Singh and the Dy. Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau, Govt. of India Mrs. Kiran Bedi IPS, the activities were initiated much earlier. ADIC has played a strategic role in the Substance Abuse Prevention arena both in India and abroad, through its innovative, multi-faceted, low cost, co-ordinated programmes and projects. Thanks to the great support provided by Mr. Derek Rutherford and the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance, ADIC-India was able to establish its own office and other infrastructure.
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco related problems are increasing in India causing immeasurable damage to the Nation. As a result the progress of our society is hindered; the Nation's health is deteriorated; personal relationships are destroyed; production have hampered; crimes have increased; besides the erosion of moral values. Young people have become the largest hostage to the menace of substance abuse and their vulnerability is increasing day by day.
The need for intervention through efforts, which require expertise, experience and increased resources, is essential to build up a generation free from substance use. Experience and research have proved that one of the effective ways of addressing this situation is by organising innovative programmes coupled with attractive alternatives. All these elements are included in both the ideology and practical work of ADIC-India.
ADIC supports the view that:
- Substance abuse prevention should be a part of one's daily life
- Community and individual action should have a voluntary basis
- Pragmatism and problem solving are more important than dogmatic theory or sensationalized anti-drug propaganda
- Intrinsic personal values that reject the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco should be fostered
- Communities and institutions that support drug-free healthy lifestyles should be encouraged
ADIC functions as a catalyst by responding innovatively to the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Problem through :
- mobilising existing organisational infrastructure and social groups
- creating an understanding of the substance abuse problems and prevention methods
- supporting policy initiatives that minimise and eliminate the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco