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What is PRIME for Life

PRIME for Life Workbook

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

B.W. —

"Christa Graves will get you results. She sets clear, high expectations and does what it takes to get them for you. Christa is very knowledgeable and has outstanding communication skills. She is an excellent presenter, knows her material and adjusts her presentations for each audience. She is very flexible and very consistent. She is the best."

Program Graduate —

"Thank you very much for seeing me as a person—a normal, good person who made a mistake, but is working hard to become emotionally healthy for myself and others.

When I first came in, I was extremely guarded, ashamed, and torn inside. And you, Ms. Graves, were compassionate, honest and empathetic. I will never forget your kindness."

J.B. —

"I have been a good example of what not to do for friends and family. I used to be the guy, 'Oh, I won't het caught; I'm fine to drive!' But since my DWI, I have completely changed my outlook. I have learned so much from the course that I catch myself talking to others about things I've learned."

24 Hour Crises Hotline

Alamance/Caswell Access Line:
1-888-543-1444
TTY: RELAY NC:
711 then 1-888-543-1444

National Suicide Prevention/Veterans Crisis:
Toll Free: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)