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 started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More


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