Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco

Programs and Practices
Programs and Practices
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Website Icon Coping and Support Training (CAST)
A community or school-based prevention program that teaches life skills in a positive peer group to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional distress. All participants work and support one ...

Website Icon Nurturing Parenting Programs
Website offering resources designed to build nurturing parenting skills and prevent abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. Home- and community-based programs aim to lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce ...

Website Icon Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students ...

Website Icon Project SUCCESS
A substance use prevention program that can be used with at-risk students with poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school and parental substance abuse in alternative and comprehensive middle and high ...

Website Icon Youth Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA is designed to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to youth who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. The course focuses on the unique risk ...

Website Icon Aban Aya Youth Project
Developed for urban African American males 10-14 years old to address violence, behavior, substances, truancy, and/or sexual involvement. Students are taught skills to resolve conflicts and abstain from risky behaviors, along with cultural pride ...

Website Icon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Designed for 18 year olds through adults. ACT has been used to relieve distress in individuals with a broad range of mental health issues using 6 processes that address mindfulness and behavioral activation. It can be delivered in individual or ...

Website Icon Across Ages
Targeted for 9-13 year olds in schools community organizations to prevent substance abuse. Participants are paired with adult mentors to prevent, reduce, or delay use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and problems connected with their use.Students visit ...

Website Icon Active Parenting of Teens
Using components from the curriculum “Active Parenting,” this program offers skills based interventions for both parents and teens. The focus is on middle school students, but age ranges from 13-17 and their parents. Typical program is offered in ...

Website Icon Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
An outpatient behavioral intervention program that serves 13-17 year old students with alcohol or substance abuse issues. Therapists work with students on communication skills, problem solving skills, and social interactions through role-playing and ...

Website Icon Adolescent Coping With Depression (CWD-A)
A cognitive behavioral group intervention that targets specific problems that actively depressed adolescents typically experience. CWD-A seeks to replace environmental risk factors with pro-social skills in an 8 week course consisting of 16 2-hour ...

Website Icon After School Matters
A Chicago-based program for teens that includes academics, drama, sports, music, arts, and apprenticeships in culinary arts, biology research, computer science, and farming. The goal is to keep students engaged in positive activities and give them ...

Website Icon Alcohol Literacy Challenge
A 90-minute classroom-based lesson designed to alter alcohol expectancies and reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol use for ages 13-17. Students learn about the difference between pharmacological effects and placebo effects. They view and ...

Website Icon Alcohol Skills Training Program
For high school or college students who have experienced negative consequences of alcohol use. Eight sessions of 90 minutes (times are flexible) include information about addiction, resistance skills, and stress management along with relaxation ...

Website Icon AlcoholEdu for High School
An online alcohol prevention and intervention program for 13-17 year olds, targeted especially for high school. Students can do the program alone, without adult assistance, in three 30-minute sessions. The content deals with alcohol's effects on the ...

Website Icon All Stars
A skills-based intervention designed for both in-school and after-school/community settings. Utilizing group and one-on-one activities of approximately 45 minutes in length; the All Stars programs focus on building strong interpersonal relations and ...

Website Icon AMIkids Personal Growth Model
Comprehensive treatment for 10- to 17-year-old youth assigned to a day treatment program, residential treatment, or alternative school. Designed to reduce delinquent behavior, academic failure, recidivism, and promote academic achievement. Plans ...

Website Icon An Apple A Day
A literacy based program for the development of self esteem and healthy habits in children that begins in kindergarten and continues through the 4th grade. The program may be based in a school or community setting. The 30 to 45 minute lessons are ...

Website Icon ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives)
Targets 13-17 year old female athletes in school settings to reduce or eliminate use of diet pills or other body-shaping substances. Lessons include information on nutritious eating and appropriate exercise. A coach can deliver the 8 lessons ...

Website Icon Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS)
Progam targets 13-17 year old male athletes in schools to reduce or eliminate use of steroids/supplements, and influence the reduction or elimination of alcohol and drugs. Sessions taught by coaches, peer educators, or strength trainers. The 10 ...

Website Icon Behavior Management through Adventure
Outdoor therapy for youth with behavioral, psychological, and learning disabilities; students excluded from school for disciplinary reasons; and juvenile offenders. Incorporates adventure challenges to help youth reduce dysfunctional behaviors; ...

PDF Icon Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program
Targets high risk 7th-9th graders and focuses on preventing delinquency, school failure, and alcohol/drug use through learning to handle academic and social problems, while reducing cynicism about the world and ones ability to handle problems. ...

Website Icon Bicultural Competence Skills Approach (State-Wide Indian Drug Prevention Program)
Use with 4th/5th grade and older Native American adolescents to deter use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Students use Native American/Alaskan and popular American cultural elements to adapt and thrive in both cultures. Counselors teach 10-15 ...

Website Icon Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program
Designed for the promotion of resiliency in participating youth ages 6-18. Program focuses on positive youth development through a relationship that is based on trust and caring. Youth and children are matched with adult mentors who meet with ...

Website Icon Brief Strategic Family Therapy
Designed to prevent, treat and reduce behavior problems in youth ages 6-17. Additional focus of BSFT is to improve family functioning and increase pro-social behaviors. Program is typically delivered in 12-16 family sessions. Developed for Hispanic ...

Website Icon Building Skills
A classroom based 12-lesson curriculum designed to help 5th graders in the promotion of social development. Building Skills focuses on high risk students and their ability to deal appropriately with social influences. Developed by Western New York ...

Website Icon California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This site provides information related to selected child welfare programs. Programs featured on the site are being used in California to promote child and family well-being. Resources are listed by topic areas including behavior management, parent ...

Website Icon Caring School Community (CSC)
A key feature of this universal K-6 school climate program is the school-wide implementation of the model. CSC focuses on strengthening students’ connectedness to school thereby increasing academic motivation and achievement and reducing drug use, ...

Website Icon Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
Housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CSPV disseminates information/resources, offers technical assistance and conducts research related to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. The website provides a ...

Website Icon Class Action
Targeted for 11th-12th grade students as a comprehensive intervention program to reduce starting alcohol use, reducing use, and diminishing problems associated with alcohol use. Students are provided with court case materials and develop arguments ...

Website Icon Club HERO (Helping Everyone Reach Out)
An after-school program for middle-school students. The goals are preventing substance abuse, improving academic achievement, and increasing parent involvement. A drug-education curriculum is included to increase knowledge of the effects of alcohol, ...

Website Icon Communities That Care
Targeting 10-17 year olds to decrease delinquent behaviors such as aggression or drug use, the program consists of a community wide system of leaders and officials who support protective factors and implement interventions to reduce delinquency. A ...

Website Icon Coping Power Program
A preventive intervention that addresses social competence and self-regulation for children identified as being at-risk for substance use and delinquency. Children participate in structured cognitive-behavioral sessions designed to improve ...

Website Icon Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC)
A family-focused program that aims to build the resiliency of students ages 9 to 17 and reduce the frequency of alcohol and other drug use. Designed to be implemented through a community system, such as churches, schools, recreation centers and ...

Website Icon Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG)
Group intervention designed to increase resiliency and reduce risk factors among students in kindergarten through middle school who are identified by school counselors and faculty as being at elevated risk for early substance use and future ...

Website Icon Dare to be You (DTBY)
A prevention program that serves high-risk families with children 2 to 5 years old, focusing on childrens positive development and resilience to later substance abuse. Families engage in parent-child workshops that aim to provide social support ...

Website Icon Early Risers "Skills for Success"
For elementary school students who are at high risk for early development of conduct problems, including substance use. Early Risers integrates child-, school-, and family-focused interventions to move high-risk children onto a more adaptive ...

Website Icon EFFEKT (formerly Orebro Prevention Program)
A parent program aimed at preventing or decreasing underage drunkenness by maintaining parents’ restrictive attitudes and expectations. Parents receive 20-minute presentations, which are delivered in school, once each semester. The content includes ...

Website Icon El Joven Noble
A curriculum designed to promote character development and reduce or prevent unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and community or relationship violence among male Latino youth. The curriculum also promotes responsible and respectful behavior ...

Website Icon Eliminating Barriers to Learning
The purpose of this training is to eliminate barriers to learning by understanding and addressing mental health issues in the school environment. EBL is based on five modules focused on student wellness by supporting adults understanding of mental ...

Website Icon Families and Schools Together (FAST)
Multifamily group intervention designed to build relationships between families, schools and communities to increase well-being among preschool through high school students. The goals of FAST are to improve family functioning, prevent school ...

Website Icon Family Matters
A family-directed program to reduce tobacco and alcohol use by adolescents ages 12 to 14 years. Components include 4 booklets (also available in PDF format) and incentive items that are mailed to the home, followed by telephone calls from a health ...

Website Icon Fix School Discipline
Produced by the Public Counsel of California this website contains a toolkit to support and guide schools in addressing discipline and creating positive climates for student learning and wellness. Numerous resources are listed and specific ...

Website Icon Footprints for Life
Designed for second and third grade students the goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build assets and a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. It is a 6-week curriculum with weekly lessons, and each ...

Website Icon Gang Resistance is Paramount (GRIP)
A local, school-based, anti-gang program that has been implemented extensively in Paramount, CA. Trained community members provide lessons to second and fifth grade students on age-appropriate topics, including peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, ...

Website Icon Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion
A program for girls ages 11 to 14 that teaches skills to resist peer, media, and other pressures to use harmful substances, such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco and household chemicals. Participants identify harmful pressures, learn about various ...

Website Icon Good Behavior Game (GBG)
GBG is a classroom-based behavior management strategy for elementary school teachers to use along with a school's standard instructional curricula. Teams and rewards are used to socialize children to the role of student and reduce aggressive, ...

Website Icon Guiding Good Choices (GGC)
For parents of children in grades 4 through 8, the program seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior. Promotion of family bonding works to teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. Five-session ...

Website Icon Healing Species Violence Intervention and Compassion Education Program
Rescue dogs interact with students, assisting with lessons designed to reduce or prevent aggression, violence, substance use, and disciplinary infractions and promote pro-social behaviors. Instructors share stories about a dogs life, which include ...

Website Icon Hip-Hop 2 Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV (H2P)
A substance abuse and HIV prevention/intervention for students aged 12-16 that integrates hip-hop culture within curriculum. Goals are 1) reduce substance use and early sexual activity, 2) Increase family interactions, and 3) increase constructive ...

Website Icon HOMEBUILDERS
Designed to prevent out-of-home placement of children into foster or group care, psychiatric hospitals, or correctional facilities. Families, usually experiencing problems such as child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, mental illness, ...

Website Icon I Can Problem Solve
Promoting school bonding, ICPS is a universal school-based program that focuses on enhancing the interpersonal cognitive processes and problem-solving skills of students ages 4-12. For preschool through intermediate elementary grades ICPS ...

Website Icon I'm Special
A primary substance abuse prevention program for 3rd and 4th graders. The program focuses on building resilient qualities in students. Developing skills and strategies for protective factors, Im Special is administered by trained facilitators ...

Website Icon Keep A Clear Mind (KACM)
Take-home drug education program for students and their parents. It is designed for students to develop specific skills to refuse and avoid “gateway” drugs. Activity books are available in Spanish.

Website Icon LifeSkills Training (LST)
This program teaches skills to help adolescents and young teenagers understand and resist pro-drug influences and build resilience. Students participate in facilitated classroom discussions and role-playing activities. Separate programs are ...

Website Icon Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
A comprehensive life skills program designed for schoolwide and classroom implementation for grades 6-8 (ages 10-14). The program employs a variety of instructional strategies, including inquiry, discussion and group work. Eighty 45-minute ...

Website Icon Media Detective
A program for 3rd - 5th grade students to prevent or delay the onset of underage alcohol and tobacco use by promoting healthy beliefs and attitudes about abstaining from alcohol and tobacco use. Lessons teach students to deconstruct and critically ...

Website Icon Media Ready
A program for 6th -12th grade students to prevent or delay the onset of underage alcohol and tobacco use by promoting healthy beliefs and attitudes about abstaining from alcohol and tobacco use. Lessons teach students to deconstruct and critically ...

Website Icon Michigan Model for Health
Curriculum for students 5-19 years old (grades K-12) that provides age-appropriate lessons addressing issues of alcohol, tobacco and drug use; prevention of HIV/AIDS; nutrition; physical activity; and other wellness and safety concerns. Includes ...

Website Icon Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
Family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization program for substance abuse, co-occurring mental disorders and problem behaviors such as conduct disorder and delinquency. The program has been used with adolescent youth and parents from diverse ...

Website Icon Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for Juvenile Offenders
A program designed to decrease antisocial behavior and improve family relations, school performance and reduce out-of-home placements for juvenile offenders.Treatment includes youth and their families.

Website Icon Multisystemic Therapy for Youth With Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB)
An intervention for adolescents who have committed sexual offenses and demonstrated other problem behaviors. Treatment includes youth and their families, with the collaboration of community-based case workers, probation/parole officers and/or school ...

Website Icon Multisystemic Therapy With Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric)
A program for adolescents (9-17) with behavioral problems and co-occurring mental health symptoms. Assists parents and caregivers in addressing mental health symptoms, suicidal, homicidal or psychotic behaviors, substance abuse and family relations, ...

Website Icon Multisystemic Therapy–Substance Abuse
A drug/alcohol abuse program for juvenile offenders, ages12-20, delivered in the home by a trained therapist. Youth learn to analyze underlying reasons for substance abuse and how to leverage behaviors that lead them not to use. Training includes ...

Website Icon myPlaybook
A Web-based, interactive drug prevention tutorial program designed to improve student attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to drug use. There is also a component specifically for student-athletes that addresses drug use and sports. Students ...

Website Icon Not On Tobacco (N-O-T)
Smoking cessation program for students 14-19 who are daily smokers. Weekly 50-minute group sessions are conducted for gender specific groups of 10-12 teens for 10 consecutive weeks. Booster sessions are also available. Training for teachers, nurses ...

Website Icon Operation New Hope
Curriculum-based program for chronic, high-risk youth offenders, ages 16-22, who display unmanageable lifestyle behaviors: alcohol, drug, sexual, family abuse. Integrates education, counseling, and mentoring for life skills such as dealing with ...

Website Icon PALS: Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles
A program primarily for middle school students to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) by focusing on assessment and awareness of unique learning styles and disabilities, refusal skills, knowledge of the effects of ATOD and ...

Website Icon Parenting Wisely
An interactive, computer-based training program for parents of children ages 3-18 years. The self-instructional program includes 9 sessions that are accessed via CD or online and technical support is available. Parents also receive workbooks ...

Website Icon Parenting With Love and Limits (PLL)
Group and family therapy to deal with children with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral problems and co-occuring problems such as alcohol or drug use, chronic truancy, etc. The program also has been used with teenagers with less extreme ...

Website Icon Phoenix House Academy
A program that combines residential and on-site public junior high and high school treatment for students (up to age 20) with substance abuse and other co-occurring mental health and behavioral disorders. Some programs include trade or technical ...

Website Icon Positive Action
A program designed to improve academic achievement, school attendance and problem behaviors such as substance use, violence, suspensions, disruptive behaviors, dropping out and sexual behavior, as well as parent-child bonding, family cohesion, and ...

Website Icon Project ALERT
A school-based prevention program for middle or junior high school students (13-17 years old) who are either nonusers or have already experimented with alcohol, tobacco or marijuana. The lessons are designed to help students understand the ...

Website Icon Project ASSERT
A screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for adolescents and young adults who have a positive screening result for marijuana in health clinics or emergency departments. The goal is to reduce or eliminate marijuana use through a ...

Website Icon Project EX
A school-based smoking-cessation program for adolescents and young adults (13-18). The curriculum employs activities such as games and yoga to teach strategies for self control, coping with stress, handling withdrawal symptoms, mood management, ...

Website Icon Project Link
Hospital-based, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for pregnant and postpartum women and teens focused on the health and well-being of pregnant women and children. Developed by Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in ...

Website Icon Project MAGIC (Making A Group and Individual Commitment)
Alternative to detention for first-time juvenile offenders. Curriculum includes substance abuse education, anger management, conflict management, problem solving/decisionmaking, communication, personal responsibility and community service. There is ...

Website Icon Project Northland
A program designed to delay drinking, reduce alcohol use among young drinkers, and limit the number of alcohol-related problems among drinkers in grades 6-8. Includes home- and community-based components with specific grade level themes. Interactive ...

Website Icon Project Towards No Drug Abuse
A drug prevention program for students in continuation or alternative high schools. It has been used in comprehensive high schools. The curriculum consists of 12 40-minute lessons dealing with: developing self-control and communication skills, ...

Website Icon Project Towards No Tobacco Use
A classroom-based curriculum designed to counteract multiple causes of tobacco use and prevent or reduce tobacco use among 5th-9th grade students. Includes lessons on awareness of misleading information about tobacco use, development of skills to ...

Website Icon Project Venture
Designed for 5th-8th grade American Indian youth to develop the resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, based on traditional cultural values such as family, learning from the natural world, spiritual awareness, service to others and ...

Website Icon Protecting You/ Protecting Me
Alcohol use prevention and vehicle safety program with elementary and high school components, aimed at reducing alcohol-related injuries and death due to underage alcohol use and driving. Science- and health-based lessons are taught by school staff ...

Website Icon Reality Tour
A parent and child drug prevention program developed by a non-profit organization for grades 4-12. Designed as an evening program for children accompanied by parents to attend a 3-hour training to reduce the risk of substance abuse by increasing ...

Website Icon Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills
A school-based prevention program that teaches life skills in a positive peer group to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional stress. Targeted for students with high dropout potential because ...

Website Icon Residential Student Assistance Program (RSAP)
Targeted for students ages 13-18 who live in residential care, this program focuses on intervening early and preventing substance abuse. Professionals at the facilities are trained to provide services that include distribution of information, ...

Website Icon Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System
A computer-based program for students that has 140 topics for 6-12 year olds and 390 topics for 13-17 year olds. Topics can be customized for the individual student and address social-emotional competencies such as assertiveness, decision-making, ...

Website Icon Rock In Prevention, Rock PLUS
A prevention curriculum for 3-6 grade students that includes interactive activities using music, skits, kinesthetic elements, and art to increase positive behavior traits. The program is designed to increase awareness of the risks of substance use, ...

Website Icon SANKOFA Youth Violence Prevention Program
Designed for urban African American students ages 13-19 to minimize involvement in violence, alcohol, and drugs. Traditional African American values are basic tenets of the program such as caring, character, and courage. The curriculum must be ...

Website Icon Say It Straight
Program helps students in grades 3-12 learn skills to communicate and behave in ways that empower them to reduce risky behaviors like drug/alcohol/tobacco use, bullying, sexual behavior, violence, and eating disorders. At school the program is ...

Website Icon Seeking Safety
Intended for use with students ages 13-18 as individuals or in groups where there is a history of substance abuse and/or trauma. School counselors, substance abuse counselors, nurses, psychologists, violence advocates and mental health ...

Website Icon SPORT
Program emphasizes substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, and healthy habits. Targets ages13-17 (and older youth/families) in school, community, and home environments. Participants take a self administered screening survery that focuses on ...

Website Icon STARS for Families Start Taking Alcohol Risks Seriously for Families
Targeted for 11-14 year olds to prevent/reduce alcohol use. Participants receive consultations by trained adults to avoid alcohol use. Parents receive information at home regarding how to talk with their children, and family completes four lessons ...

Website Icon Stay on Track
A substance abuse prevention program for middle school students in grades 6-8 to address issues such as: decision making, goal-setting, resistance skills, substance use reduction and communication. Teachers provide the curriculum in 12 lessons ...

Website Icon Storytelling for Empowerment
English and Spanish intervention program for students 6-17 years old that focuses on positive cultural identity, resiliency, and decision making for students who live in poverty with exposure to drugs and limited health care. Students learn and use ...

Website Icon Strengthening Families Program
Designed for families with children 3-16 years old, and comprised of life skills courses for students, parents, and families. Sessions are targeted to increase resiliency and reduce risky behaviors in students. Parenting skills include: ...

Website Icon Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
A family skills program for students ages 10-14 and their parents to reduce student substance abuse and aggression, thus increase success in school. Parents and students meet separately and together during seven 2-hour sessions. Lessons for students ...

Website Icon Strong African American Families (SAAF)
Strengthening cultural and family bonds for African American students ages 10-14 is the focus of this program in order to prevent substance use, especially alcohol, and behavior issues such as truancy, theft, school suspension, and early sexual ...

Website Icon The Fourth R
Skills for Youth Relationships is a curriculum for students in the 8th and 9th grade designed to promote healthy and safe behaviors related to dating, bullying, sexuality and substance use. Based on social learning theory and grounded in stages of ...

Website Icon The Great Body Shop
A classroom-based program designed to promote health and prevent substance abuse and violence for children in prekindergarten through middle school. The curriculum includes 10 monthly themes, including bullying, nutrition, character education, ...

Website Icon Too Good for Drugs
A drug prevention program that engages all school staff including custodians, secretaries, support staff, teachers, and administrators in 10 hour professional development focused on building students' resiliency and self-protection, thereby reducing ...

Website Icon UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. They also have an ...