Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies (CARS)

The New Connections programs of CARS offers prevention and recovery support services for drug involved families, families in recovery, and families involved with the court system or Child Protective Services. All programs used evidenced-based curriculums.


  • Youth Connections: For families of youth ages 10-17. Offers parenting classes for adults and prevention services for youth.


  • Parenting Connections: Parenting classes that do not address recovery issues, but are provided to as prevention services to parents. Addresses healthy parenting and communication.

  • Outreach Services: New Connections Outreach services are provided in community agencies that serve pregnant and parenting women with the goal of identifying those women at risk and offering services.

Program Mission

The mission of The New Connections Programs is to build healthy and nurturing families by teaching the skills to improve parenting, support recovery, build resiliency skills in children, strengthen knowledge of child development, and address difficult parent and child issues.

The New Connections Programs is a Dallas County service of the School of Social Work at UT Arlington. Since 1996, New Connections has provided substance abuse prevention and intervention services for Dallas County families through State, private and foundation grants, and contracts.

In 2000, the program was named an Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program, one of only 30 programs in the country that year, by the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and the National Prevention Network (NPN).