Alcohol & Drug Information Centre (ADIC) – Sri Lanka was inaugurated in April 1987 and was established as an independent organization in 1990. Today Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) Sri Lanka has developed to be a well recognized Resource Centre, promoting drug demand reduction. ADIC is registered under the Voluntary Social Services Act of Sri Lanka obtained Approved Charity Status in 1992, and registered under the Companies Act No.07 of 2007 as a Company Limited by guarantee.
ADIC serves in many international networks such as the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA), the Framework convention Alliance on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the International Federation of Non Governmental Organization (IFNGO) and IOGT International. UNODC has identified ADIC as the leading agency in the Asian region. ADIC contribute to the international advocacy by collecting and disseminating information, conducting trainings, workshops and mobilize communities through effective strategies. ADIC gives the technical consultancies on implementing tailor made effective strategies to alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention internationally.
ADIC’s vision is “ to create a world where every person realizes that use of whatever drug at whatever level is an impediment to happiness.” And the mission is to “prevent drug use through social change and effective education.”
To achieve our vision we follow scientific and evidence based methods in drug demand reduction within the framework of Health Promotion. We seek to develop and implement effective and innovative interventions and are perhaps the reason for the achievements during the last decade.
ADIC designs interventions to create a demand reduction in drug use based on a holistic approach and the organizational structure is designed to reflect this thinking. The organizational structure comprises of six different programmes and they are Human Development and Innovative Intervention Programme, Strategic Intervention Programme, Social Mobilization Programme, Policy Advocacy and Litigation Programme, Research & Information Programme, Media advocacy programme and Finance & Administration Programme.
We at ADIC believe in team effort. Whilst a particular division takes the major responsibility for planning and implementing a project, there is inter-divisional cooperation when work is carried out. On the other hand, some major activities are planned through teamwork with responsibility being shared by all programmes.
Our work to empower the grassroots reaches diverse communities. Collaborations with a range of government organizations, non-government organizations, and community based organizations have resulted in implementation of a large number of interventions directed at numerous target groups. Such collaborations networking have made it possible to maximize the output from limited resources to benefit the community. Main funder of ADIC has been IOGT-NTO and other funding sources are WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, UNFPA, and ADB.
The successful efforts to create a lasting change in communities by changing behaviors has been recognized by the World health Organization in 1993 by awarding ADIC with the prestigious WHO award, “Tobacco or Health Medal”. In 1998 and in 1999 ADIC won the awards from International Federation of Non Governmental Organization (IFNGO) for the Most Outstanding New Project, for the achievements from the drug Demand Reduction Project launched at Hapugastenna Tea Estate in Sri Lanka and for creating of Voluntarism respectively. ADIC also won the Commonwealth Youth Service Award 1998/99 granted by the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2000, ADIC is invited to represent at the “Alcohol Policy Strategy Advisory Committee” of the WHO.
ADIC is named as the NGO of the year by “The Nations Newspaper” on 2013 due to the successful interventions which were carried out to implement pictorial health warnings on the surface of cigarette packaging.