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Substance Abuse Family Education (SAFE)

Substance Abuse Family Education (SAFE)

The Substance Abuse Family Education (SAFE) program help teens and adults examine their choices in the context of fact-based risk assessment to promote happier, healthier lives. Using the research-based Prime for Life® model, we create an atmosphere that makes it safe for people to openly explore and inwardly examine how choices affect lives. The workshops do not moralize or dictate. We believe people have reasons for their beliefs and behaviors, and that with new understanding, self-evaluation, and support, most are willing to consider change. No scare tactics. Just deep self-evaluation.

An understanding of the risks associated with alcohol and drug choices is an important tool for protecting what we value. When presented in a non-judgmental way, facts about the effects of alcohol and drugs can provoke new thinking and provide a solid basis for making more informed personal decisions. Twenty-eight years of research and curriculum development have made Prime for Life® a premiere prevention and intervention program.

The Prime For Life® method is recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). It includes both prevention and intervention content, making it suitable for a wide range of audiences.

Benefits of SAFE

  • Gives students and parents knowledge on how to reduce their risks of alcohol, tobacco, and drug-related problems in their lives.
  • Helps to reduce recidivism in some cases.
  • Focuses on self-assessment to help students and parents understand and accept the need for change.
  • Serves as pre-treatment and support for abstinence for those participants who already need treatment.
  • Enhances the learning experience by presenting information in a variety of methods including interactive presentations,
    small group discussions, workbooks, videos, and audio clips.
  • Helps change high-risk attitudes, beliefs, risk perceptions, and behaviors.
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Program Options for Your Staff and Students

  1. ESC SAFE Trainers | ESC SAFE trainers facilitate the SAFE program in your district. The ESC supplies two trainers, Prime for Life workbooks, office supplies, and snacks.
  2. Train the Trainer | The ESC and Prime for Life staff train two of your staff members in the Prime for Life curriculum. Those two trainers then facilitate the program for the district with coaching and materials support from the ESC.

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please contact [email protected].