About Us

Since 1970, CAT has been successfully treating addiction, making it the longest standing addiction treatment center in the region.

CAT History

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. Other important milestones:

1973

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

1975

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

1980 

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

1981

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

1988 

Accepted as a United Way agency.

1990 

Provided detox services to more than 1,000 patients.

1994

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

1998 

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

2000

Completed major renovations and moved into the improved facility.

2000 

Provided detox services to more than 1,600 patients.

2015 

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

2016 

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.