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About CAT

CAT has remained a leader in the treatment of addiction, providing modern scientific approaches to the assessment and medical care of patients with addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling.

What sets CAT apart

  • Recovery is within reach – using the best tools available in this region, CAT makes recovery personally attainable for any patient by offering affordable access to care that is close in proximity to anywhere in the Tristate.
  • Patients have access to both residential and intensive outpatient services, including a dedicated physician and 24/7 access to professionally trained nursing staff.
  • Through CAT’s network, patients have access to a vibrant, active recovery community for continued support after treatment.
  • CAT’s medication-assisted treatment program for opiate dependent patients utilizes FDA approved medications including Suboxone® and Vivitrol®. These medications are used as part of a comprehensive approach that includes monitored urine screens and close management of pill dispensing, paired with proven counseling methods and unique support programs.
  • CAT has a rich history of successfully treating addiction since 1970, making it the longest standing addiction treatment center in the region.
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Here Now, Here Always

Today, the Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) treats those with addictions to alcohol, drugs, and gambling.

Conveniently located in the center of the Tristate area, CAT continues to provide personalized care that, along with a commitment from the patient and support from the outside community, brings balance and improved opportunities for recovery.

Services include:

  • Assessment and treatment of patients with addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling
  • Medically Monitored Detox
  • Short-Term Residential Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Outpatient Counseling
  • Family Education and Counseling
  • 12-week Continuing Care Program
  • The Gambling Program
  • Ambulatory Detox

Thousands of people have walked through CAT’s doors looking for a better life through sobriety. At CAT, recovery is within reach.


Recovery for all who seek it.


Saving lives and rebuilding families and communities by providing addiction health services.


CAT offers help and hope for a different life by providing accessible care and tools for lifelong sobriety and recovery to patients struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling. CAT does this with the goal of saving lives and rebuilding families. 


CAT is supported in part by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, the City of Cincinnati and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Nearly $1 million of the operating budget comes from federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, the center welcomes private donations.


The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission has accredited the Center for Addiction Treatment since 1975. CAT has always met the Commission’s high standards for its quality of care, treatment and services.

Additionally, the Joint Commission monitors any concerns regarding the safety or quality of care provided by CAT. Those who have a concern or complaint can submit the concern/complaint to the Joint Commission via their website or submit in writing to:

The Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission
1 Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) has certified the Center for Addiction Treatment to operate both outpatient and residential treatment programs. It performs site visits every two years.

The Center for Addiction Treatment is an approved provider of drug and alcohol treatment by both the Ohio and Kentucky State Medical and Nursing Boards.

CAT meets the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charitable accountability, demonstrating a commitment to strong governance, financial transparency and ethical fundraising.

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CAT History

When it first opened its doors in 1970, the Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) offered a unique viewpoint on addiction. Its members firmly believed addiction was a disease to be treated, not a moral failing to be punished. While this belief is widely accepted today, that wasn’t always the case; CAT was ahead of its time.

The Center for Addiction Treatment has provided services to chemically dependent adults since its incorporation in June 1970. At that time, the agency, then known as the Center for Comprehensive Alcoholism Treatment (CCAT), was located on 14th Street in Cincinnati.

Learn more about CAT’s other important milestones in our timeline below.


Opened the city’s first public detox center at 515 Melish Ave.


Received accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (later the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).


Annual halfway house and detox admissions top 5,700 patients combined.


Merged with Cincinnati Alcoholism Rehabilitation Enterprises (CARE Inc.) and moved into the former convent of St. Mary’s Hospital on Betts Street.


Accepted as a United Way agency.


Provided detox services to more than 1,000 patients.


Changed name to the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment to better reflect the change in the types of services provided.


Purchased building on Ezzard Charles Drive, where it is currently located, thanks to a successful capital campaign.


Completed major renovations and moved into the improved facility.
Provided detox services to more than 1,600 patients.


Changed name to the Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) to reflect a wider breadth of treatment, including the gambling addiction program.


CAT plans to break ground on a new nearly 17,000 square foot facility that will allow CAT to better serve the recovery community through primary-care physicians who understand the long-term effects of addiction and its impact on treatment options.


Opened Spaulding Recovery & Family Care Building.


Launched our Monarch Counseling Center.


Outpatient Services expansion reaches monumental count of 9 program additions in four years.

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Financials & Annual Report

Where the Money Goes

Every gift matters. Public funding for addiction treatment services has steadily declined over the years, making private donations contributes a significant difference in closing the funding gap. Your tax-deductible contribution helps to provide treatment for those who otherwise cannot afford it.

Your monetary gift makes sure that help is available to anyone seeking recovery. All donations support the cost of treatment for those seeking recovery. You can make a difference with a one-time gift or a monthly recurring donation.

Your gift of only $393 provides a day of Withdrawal Management (detox) for one person.

Your gift of only $214 provides a day of Residential Short-Term Treatment for one person.

Your gift of only $150 provides a day of our Intensive Outpatient Program for one person.

We gratefully accept contributions in memory or honor of someone special. Make your gift in cash, check, money order, major credit card or e-check. Some companies also match employee donations. Click here to donate today.

Download and view our annual report here.

Download and view our most recent IRS-990 form here.