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Carroll Institute: A Great Beginning

In 1971, a foundation was created by a group of concerned individuals from Sioux Falls. The Community Committee on Alcohol Abuse or CCAA would later become Carroll Institute. CCAA began as a clearing house of information on Alcohol Abuse and a first point for referral to help for those in need. The Arch transitional living facility was open later than year to help with those needing further support for their recovery.

DUI School and assessments for both students and adults and classroom instruction were among the first services offered through the CCAA. This was the first wave of prevention services and this occurred in Sioux Falls more than a decade before the “Just Say No” campaign of Nancy Reagan. In 1973, Lynn Carroll accepted the opportunity to become the first acting director of CCAA.

Carroll Institute is named after this founding pillar of the 12 Step Recovery community. Lynn Carroll discovered 12 Step recovery in Center City, Minnesota at the same location that would later become the world renowned Hazelden Treatment. Lynn Carroll was integral in guiding Hazelden through its formative first 2 decades and then brought this excellence in treatment care to Sioux Falls with the establishment of Keystone Inpatient Treatment on August 4th, 1973.

In 1979, The Arch added detoxification services to its offerings and continued to reach out to the Sioux Empire. At the end of the 70s, CCAA offered prevention to assessment to treatment to transitional living, which was a true and complete continuum of care that few agencies have ever successfully achieved.

As part of its continuing certification, Keystone Inpatient needed to separate from the non-profit efforts in prevention and other service currently under the umbrella of CCAA. Inpatient services were incorporated as the Keystone Foundation.  The Arch, The Information and Referral Center and the Detox Center were all combined into what would be called Carroll Institute. After this separation, Carroll Institute began offering adult and adolescent outpatient treatment.
1985 brought the merger of Project Awareness with Carroll Institute enabling a full capacity for prevention service to be presented throughout the Sioux Empire.

In 1987, Carroll Institute became the first accredited adolescent outpatient treatment program in the state for chemically dependent teens.

For 12 years between 1988 and 2000, Carroll Institute served the transitional housing needs of women with their 2nd Street Manor.

1996, Carroll Institute moved to its current downtown location at 310 South First Avenue and has been growing ever since. Changes and Choices now cares for the transitional residential needs of Women, New Horizons offers a humane alternative for those awaiting treatment on IVC status and The Arch continues to reach out to men returning to the community from treatment services and incarceration.

Carroll Institute reaches out wherever we can. We are presently accredited by the State of South Dakota for Prevention, Counseling and support, Adult Outpatient, Meth Specific Outpatient, Adolescent Intervention, Multiple Offenders Programming, DUI School and Transitional Living.

The disease of addiction remains cunning, baffling and powerful, yet it is fully treatable for those who choose to engage in the life changing strategies presented at Carroll Institute. For more than 40 years, Carroll Institute has risen to the occasion, embracing with hope the opportunities of caring for those in need of addiction services.