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The Stephen R. Booher
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The Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) will observe its 40th anniversary on Friday, September 20, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11 Place, Lauderhill. Activities, free and open to the public, include music, art, speakers and fun for all ages. County Commissioners will proclaim September 20 as “Broward Addiction Recovery Appreciation Day” at their September 10 meeting.

“Turning the big 4-0 is a real testament to County leadership who, throughout the years, has provided undeniable support to residents of the County who are afflicted with alcoholism and substance abuse,” said Paul Faulk, director. “It’s fitting we highlight BARC services in September, which is recognized as National Recovery Awareness Month.”

Broward County recognized a community need for a detoxification and intake program even as Florida legislators were working to pass the Comprehensive Alcoholism Prevention and Treatment Act (Myers Act) in July 1973. The first drug program in Broward County, launched in 1973, served the minority community. From those humble beginnings, the program has expanded into five service areas, including detoxification services for alcohol and opiate dependent clients, a 30-day intensive residential treatment, perinatal addiction program for women who are either pregnant or have children under age 7, non-residential day treatment and outpatient services.


BARC Historical Highlights


BARC Today

The demand for BARC services continues to grow and today, approximately, 4,500 clients each year seek services or information and assistance from BARC’s team of approximately 110 licensed and certified medical and counseling professionals.

“The BARC legacy continues as we move into the 21st century with new tools,” said Faulk. Improvements include a new electronic health record system and adoption of best practice models. A new facility, BARC Central, is in the planning and design stages. This facility will become the flagship for administration, admissions, detoxification services and non-residential day treatment.

“BARC has maintained its ‘Gold Seal’ Joint Commission Accreditation, and will continue to be a strong community partner, serving the residents of Broward County battling the disease of alcoholism and substance abuse. Ruther Carter would be proud,” Faulk said, “and so should we all.”

If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse, call 954-357-4880 or visit