1210 N. Jefferson Street
Anaheim, CA 92807
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
This is a FREE 24-hour hotline
Thank you all for helping make our
NO STIGMA art events a success!
These events help promote awareness and compassion about the Stigma surrounding mental and addictive disorders
Some great ways to help support our life changing and saving mission for adolescents and young adults:
Donate: Our organization is a 501(c) charity and 100 % of your donations are tax deductable!
Tax EIN # 46-4417883
VOLUNTEER: We can always use help at one of our fun events!
Welcome to The CAAR
A place where you can
Recover & Rediscover!
John was born on July 25, 1992. He grew up on Orange County, CA, had two loving parents and two loving brothers. He was an active and happy little kid. He became a cub scout and later a boy scout; he studied Tae Kwon Do and achieved a Black Belt. He loved science and was a Gate student in elementary school. When he became an adolescent however, everything changed. He started having extreme mood swings which included severe depressive episodes. He was introduced to Marijuana at age 13 which really was a "Gate" drug; at least for him, as he started experimenting with hard drugs and developed an addiction to Heroin. During this time he also attempted to take his own life on several occasions. After being hospitalized and sent to an out of state therapeutic school John was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and was stabilized on medication. He finished high school and came home. He seemed to be doing well, he started college, met a girl and feel in love. He relapsed and his world came crashing down. Drug counselors were afraid to work with him because of his mood disorder and history of suicide attempts and deserted him and his psychiatrist ignored John's repeated requests to be put back on the mood stabilizer he had been on, perhaps dismissing John as a drug addict. Feeling hopeless and severely depressed, John wrote a suicide note to his family apologizing for being a burden on everyone (which he was not) and that they would be better off without him.
John took his own life on December 5, 2010
The CAAR was founded in John's memory and is committed to helping young people
like John, whose lives have become chaotic and out of control.
We are a non-profit outpatient treatment center.
We are dedicated to helping
adolescents and young adults
with mental health & addictive disorders
learn how to feel better without drugs.
Co-occurring disorders develop when a person who is experiencing emotional pain tries to feel better by using substances to self-medicate.
Treatment for co-occurring disorders involves treating
mental and addictive disorders at the same time.
CAAR strives to increase community understanding and involvement to reduce
the Stigma attached to addiction and mental illness
and to encourage adolescents, young adults and their families
to seek help rather than feel undeserved shame and to suffer in isolation.
NA Meetings are open to the public and are not affliated with The CAAR