JADD was established in 1996 in Jobstown Estate in response to the serious development of heroin use in the community. Families had no experience of heroin addiction and misuse problems. There was a high level of anger, fear, panic and ignorance in the community around addiction and drug misuse and the whole community was affected by the growing drug related problem.
Services were only available in Dublin City Centre and in response the local community agreed to create a support service for families with heroin addiction problems. In 1998 in conjunction with the HSE, the Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force funds were provided to JADD