In our Adolescent Risk Reduction program participants learn through a six hour education group the effects of alcohol and other drug use has on an adolescent body and a developing brain. They will learn who is at risk for developing a problem with substances and develop a plan to live drug free. The adolescents that meet the criteria for this program are usually in a diversion program through court, suspension from athletic participation or those who have exhibited behaviors that put them at a higher risk for developing a substance use problems. We have found that covering the material one on one, as well as in a group setting, is also effective to meet the needs of our youth and families. We also offer a parent education session to provide education and support for parents and guardians who have adolescents participating in our Risk Reduction program; or who just want learn more about how substance use may impact an adolescent, who is at risk of developing substance use problems, signs and symptoms and recent drug trends that are currently going on in our community.
In our Adult Risk Reduction Program participants learn through a six hour educational group about the effects of alcohol and other drug use on the body and mind, who is most at risk for developing a problem, self-assessing the impact any current use has had, and making a plan to live drug-free. This group is lead by counselors from the Freedom Center. For Mount Vernon Municipal Court referrals, this group is free of charge. For all other referrals, the cost is $20 for the workbook. You must pay your fee to the Freedom Center by the Monday preceding the date of the group. You can pay by cash or credit card in person, or by phone with credit card. No meal will be provided. For more information on this program please contact us at 740-397-2660. Or by using the Get Help Now on our Home page to request information by email.