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Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery & Education

7764 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-9215
Fax: 603-646-9151


Center History

The Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education (DCARE) was officially established in January of 2002 with seed funding from Dartmouth's Office of the Provost.  It remains institutionally located in the Office of the Provost and is presently funded in large measure through the contributions of Dartmouth Alumni.

Dartmouth History

Many at Dartmouth have addressed issues related to alcohol and other drug use. Here we include a selection of articles on this topic by or about Dartmouth founders, alumni, and faculty throughout Dartmouth history.

Reverend Samson Occom

  • Eleazar Wheelock early on expressed concerns about "the health and safety" of Dartmouth students related to their use of alcohol. Excerpt from Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College (posted with permission).
  • Samson Occom (Mohegan) is one of the founding members of Dartmouth College. He was one of the first on this continent to call attention to some of the harmful social effects of alcohol use, particularly among native peoples. Peter Mancall in a publication of Cornell University Press says that Occom identified social costs of alcohol use in "what became the most famous printed assault of any Indian on the liquor trade." (Quote is from Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America by Peter C. Mancall, Cornell University Press.) The original broadside is housed in the Special Collection, Rauner Library at Dartmouth College.
  • Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith ("Dr. Bob"), Class of 1902. Dr. Bob's role as a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was noted in a special issue of The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (April 1994) to have resulted in one of  the 100 greatest contributions of Dartmouth Alumni to the world as a whole.  We'd like to note here that Alcoholics Anonymous itself is NOT allied with any institution or organization. Dr. Bob's son, Bob R. Smith, in an address at Dartmouth College in April 2003, also noted that Alcoholics Anonymous is not the only way into recovery from alcoholism, a position often expressed by early members, and a position of staff at the Center. There is ample evidence that it has been and continues to prove effective for many, with A.A.'s central office noting over two million members throughout the world.

    Dartmouth Alumni Magazine - Special Issue, April 1994 Dr. Bob Smith as a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Other Dartmouth associates


Last Updated: 5/7/09