The Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, with a mission of offering hope and changing lives by fostering healthy lifestyles, has a number of services aimed at providing alcohol and other drug education to the community. Among them are:
- Prime for Life (MIP)—This is an eight-hour alcohol education class for youth ages 20 and younger. The goal of this program is to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other drug-related problems in youth. It is a nationally recognized and evidence-based program that focuses on personal risk-reduction (choices) and self-assessment specifically related to alcohol. The program is voluntary but many youth are referred by probation or juvenile services for a Minor-In-Possession of Alcohol (first offense) or another first-time-alcohol or other drug- related offense. The class is offered in English and Spanish.
- Prime for Life! (DUI/DWI)—This also is an eight-hour alcohol education class but for adult DUI offenders ages 21 and older. The goal of this program is to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other drug-related problems. Like MIP, it is nationally recognized and evidence-based program focusing on personal risk-reduction (choices) and self-assessment specifically related to alcohol. Although voluntary, many adults are referred by court or probation for Driving Under the Influence (first offense) or another first-time alcohol or other drug-related offense. This class also is offered in English and Spanish.
- Driving the Right Way—A nationally recognized, evidence-based program designed for repeat DUI/DWI offenders, challenging the thought and decision-making processes related to drinking and driving choices. Driving The Right Way consist of four 2-hour sessions.
- Youth Tobacco Education Class—This class is designed to assist youth in learning about tobacco use and provides an opportunity for help in quitting for those already addicted. It is a minimum of 2.5 hours.
- Drug Education Class—This is an education class emphasizing risks associated with illegal drugs such as Marijuana and Methamphetamine. The goal of this program is to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other drug-related problems in youth and adults. The program is voluntary; however, many youth and adults are referred by probation or juvenile services for a Possession of Marijuana (first offense) or another first-time drug-related offense. It is a minimum of 2.5 hours.
- Meth Rots—An educational DVD/program developed locally to help the community understand the seriousness of Meth use and the many problems and devastation resulting from its use.
- Focus on Recovery—A series of insightful and educational sessions held to offer help and support to those in recovery, educate the public about addiction, and show that recovery from addiction is not only possible, but something to celebrate.
In addition to the above, the Council offers individual classroom, after-school, faith-based, and other community education programs upon request.
For more information:
CENTRAL NEBRASKA COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND ADDICTIONS, INC.
Connie Holmes, Executive Director