Carpenters Against Addiction

Carpenters Against Addiction

A new group has started in the Portland area–Carpenters Against Addiction (CAA). By sharing personal stories, resources, and a strong support network, CAA is addressing a hard problem faced by construction workers in an industry that ranks as having one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the US.

“I have a passion for helping people in recovery. I like to prove there is a chance–a way out of drugs and alcohol.” – Cooper Lane, LU 1503

As a 10 year recovered addict, Cooper Lane (Local 1503) wanted to address a problem he had experienced firsthand and seen plenty of his Union brothers and sisters facing. He founded CAA this fall as a solution. “The whole reason addicts group together is we’ve tried for years to quit on our own. You can’t do it alone. That support system makes a huge difference.”

Carpenters Against Addiction meets every first Wednesday of the month from 7–8 PM at the Portland Regional Council office located at:
1636 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97032

January 2020
The CAA meeting will be January 8 due to the holiday.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness
(800) 950.6264

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(800) 662.4357

Did You Know?

UBC emblem and motto.

The official emblem of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was adopted at the Fourth General Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1884. The motto inscribed therein, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” translated from Latin means “Labor Conquers All Things.” Learn More


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