Partnership for a Drug-Free NC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing substance abuse and mental health services in 60 counties across North Carolina. Its corporate offices are located in Winston-Salem, NC.

Partnership for a Drug-Free NC provides services to reduce the negative impact of substance abuse and mental illness on North Carolina’s families, individuals and communitiesOur efforts include: Insight Human ServicesSwain Recovery CenterWomen’s Recovery Center (outpatient and residential treatment services); Justice Programs; and Unlimited Success (school and community-based prevention services). The Media Campaign of Partnership utilizes multimedia platforms to educate North Carolina’s families about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

We believe recovery includes body, mind and spirit. Our treatment programs help people examine and understand their mental health problems, use of drugs or alcohol, improve their self-image and develop healthy behaviors. We believe individuals are capable of making positive choices and acting responsibly with the involvement and support of family members, caregivers and others in the community. Recovery can begin when an individual is willing to seek help for a problem as well as willing to make self-determined changes to address it.


Partnership for a Drug-Free NC was founded in Winston-Salem in 1974 as CODA (the Council on Drug Abuse) to address the rising drug abuse problem in Forsyth County. In 1986, the name was changed to STEP ONE, Inc. STEP ONE became the first substance abuse agency in the state to provide childcare services for children of clients. In 1995 it expanded treatment and prevention services to Hispanic clients. Justice services were offered beginning in 1999 with the addition of TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safe Communities) to 17 counties in central North Carolina.

In 2003 the organization became Partnership for a Drug-Free NC, Inc. to reflect its expanded services in treatment, prevention and justice services to 60 counties across the state.

Accreditation & Funding

Partnership is accredited by CARF and receives funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the United Way of Forsyth County, among others. You can support Partnership for a Drug-Free NC’s mission by visiting our Support page.

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