Substance Abuse Prevention

“Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults is critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health. Behaviors and symptoms that signal the development of a behavioral disorder often manifest two to four years before a disorder is present.”   –SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Our program offerings include age appropriate prevention and education courses. Prevention approaches focus on helping people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors. We believe that preventing substance use disorder starts with education and we are committed to reducing that number in any way we can.

Prime for Life

Prime For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention, and pre-treatment program specifically designed for people who might be making high-risk choices. This includes, but is not limited to, impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug-related problems throughout their lives.

Prime For Life® is listed on the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This prestigious list is reserved for those few programs that have demonstrated effectiveness through independent scientific evaluation. Careful attention to research on how people change and intensive field testing helped us develop effective protocols for Prime For Life® delivery. When implemented in accordance with protocols, Prime For Life® is effective in changing high-risk attitudes, beliefs, risk perceptions and behaviors, and has been shown to reduce recidivism in the DUI population.

Few people change if they feel judged. In Prime For Life® we pay careful attention to words and experiences that promote inclusion, openness, and a lack of judgment. Instructors are carefully trained to create an atmosphere that makes it safe for people to openly explore and inwardly examine how their choices are affecting their lives. Prime For Life® does not moralize or dictate. We believe people have reasons for their beliefs and behaviors and that with new understanding, self-evaluation, and support for change, most people are willing to consider change. No scare tactics…but deep self-evaluation.

The Prime For Life® program is available at The Willow Center one weekend a month. There are also separate times available for those under 21 years of age.

The Change Companies

We are proud to offer The Change Companies prevention and education classes here at The Willow Center. The classes include cutting-edge behavior change tools to help participants gain awareness of their current situation. Evidence-based techniques, including interactive journaling, are a part of this curriculum and provide the participants with more education related to any drug and alcohol use or misuse they have been involved in.