Mission Statement & History


Mission Statement

We are dedicated to strengthening community awareness through substance abuse education and prevention services to individuals, schools, industry, affected individuals and families residing in the State of Alabama.


The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), formerly the Regional Alcoholism Council for Calhoun and Cleburne Counties was established in 1973, along with four other Alcoholism Councils in the State of Alabama as an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism.  The purpose of the organization was to increase the understanding of alcoholism, its nature and treatment for the purpose of reducing the incidence of alcoholism in Calhoun and Cleburne Counties, Alabama.

In 1984, the agency focus expanded to ‘substance abuse’ education and prevention services as the increase of substance abuse in the community and in our nation began to rise.

In 1987, the Regional Alcoholism Council formally became the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Today, ASAP provides substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services to schools, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, industries, churches and a variety of other organizations and institutions in our community and provides an after-school tutorial program, located in the heart of the Barber Terrace Housing Complex.

ASAP sponsors an annual Red Ribbon Week of programs and events including a contest where elementary, middle and high schools participate each year.  ASAP also awards up to eight (8) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors to attend the institution of higher learning of their choice through an essay and oratory competition.



The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention is offering 3 (1st Place: $700.00, 2nd Place: $500.00, 3rd Place: $200.00) SCHOLARSHIPS to students who will be attending an institution of higher learning upon successful graduating from high school through a Spoken Word/ Rap Competition. The competition is designed to seek innovative and creative ways of developing messages of substance abuse prevention.

Please make sure all students who enter this contest comply with all of the rules and guidelines. High school counselors and principals will select participants for the competition which will be held May 7th, 2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (256)831-4436. Thank you. Seyram Selase, Executive Director Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention