Our Mission

The mission of JACOA is to provide the highest quality of care possible to people who are suffering from substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders in an environment that preserves and promotes the dignity of the persons served without regard to race, color, creed, gender, economic or social circumstance, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Our Vision

The vision of JACOA is to be reposed to the ever changing and dynamic needs of our community environment to treat and prevent the diseases of addiction and drug abuse through services to all people, with programs and services that improve the quality of life of the individual and our society.


Photo Courtesy of Josh Garcia

Photo Courtesy of Josh Garcia


About Us

The Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA) strives to provide a safe, clean environment for individuals to begin their journey to recovery. The program philosophy of JACOA related to substance abuse/use/co-occurring disorder treatment and recovery support services is based on the following:

  • Alcoholism and drug addiction are illnesses and are treatable
  • Alcohol and drug abuse problems are spread through all sub-groups of the population and all socioeconomic categories
  • A comprehensive program for  co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders must be planned and operated to meet the specific needs of the area population and be both visible and accessible to all persons without regard to age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic level or other individual characteristics
  • A variety of treatment methods and approaches must be used and the program must be flexible in order to meet the treatment needs of each service recipient
  • Continuity of care is essential to an effective alcohol and drug treatment services approach
  • A total needs approach is needed in the delivery of services to both the recipient and his/her family
  • Treatment is geared toward enhancing the integrity and dignity of the individual served. Areas of service intervention include assistance with life skills development, education on the addictive disease and related recovery and therapeutic intervention with both group and individual counseling.  

JACOA’s entire treatment program is based on a Twelve-Step model of recovery incorporated into a holistic approach, also incorporating the Hazelden’s evidence-based practice curriculums Living in Balance and Co-Occurring Disorders Program. Service recipients function in a twenty-four hour staffed treatment facility for re-socializing the individuals to constructive healthy behaviors and attitudes in preparation for community placement.