What is PRIME for Life
PRIME for Life is a 16 hour educational course that is host by a workbook; the fee for the program is $160. The curriculum is available on Saturday and Sunday only; the class is 4 hours a day for 4 days.
PRIME For Life is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for people who may 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 substance abuse problems.
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.
Who Can Benefit from PRIME For Life?
- Court-referred impaired driving offenders (DUI/ DWI)
- Individuals referred by a court for other reasons (possession drugs, possession drug paraphernalia, public intoxication)
- College campuses
- Parents who have youth participating in court diversion or juvenile justice programs.
In a PRIME For Life classroom, clients:
- Feel engaged and comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and self-reflections.
- Learn how the combination of influences and personal choices determine outcomes.
- Learn how to make low-risk choices by using a simple tool.
- Are given time to absorb and process the information provided.
- Self-assess to identify their risk levels and current phase of alcohol and drug use.
- Identify the things they value in their lives and make their own decisions about when and how to protect them.
Explore new beliefs and reflect on how those new beliefs may bring about positive changes.
PRIME for Life Instructors: Christa Graves and Carol Loftus