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Community and School Based Programs

Some programs are only available in a school setting and may have a fee. One time presentations addressing the issues related to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other drugs  are also available. For more information about a specific program, please contact our Prevention and Community Programs Interim Director, Paddy Laske, at 586-218-5270 or contact us.

Community Programs

Informal presentations are available about the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Sessions are typically between 1 and 2 hours but can be longer or shorter if needed.  Each presentation is designed to address a specific topic or need.  Examples of topics include current substance abuse trends, parenting, discipline, or communication. CARE offers these classes on quarterly basis. Click here to view and register for upcoming classes.  Classes can also be offered at your school or community location.


Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS)

This six-week educational series is for youth experiencing difficulties because of their inability to manage their anger. Parents attend a concurrent group with coordinated information.

Teen Intervene

A workshop designed to provide education, support and guidance to teens that have experienced mild to moderate substance use. This program also offers parents and guardians the opportunity to learn healthy communications skills and the importance of establishing family rules surrounding substance use.

Active Parenting

Come join other parents of young children, school aged children, or teens for this  4 or 6 week series, learning ideas on encouraging personal responsibility, self-respect, respectfulness, and age appropriate discipline.

Nurturing Parenting

Developed to help families who have been identified by child welfare agencies for past child abuse and/or neglect or who identify factors for needing parenting support. Nurturing Parenting helps parents learn new patterns of parenting. This 9 week series consist of discussions, role-plays, and audiovisual exercises.

Older Adult Programs

CARE’s Older Adult Programs are focused on providing trainings and presentations that increase awareness of alcohol, and medication misuse for older adults who are trying to cope with losses in life and may misuse or abuse alcohol or other drugs. These trainings are provided to older adults and professionals who work with older adults. Training topics included: Seniors Staying Sharp, Aging and Depression and Memory and Aging. A second component of CARE’s Older Adult Programs is the Get Connected Program. Get Connected is a program designed to link older adults to information and resources regarding mental and physical health and medication as well as the overall quality of life.

Prenatal Alcohol/Other Drug Exposure – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

The goal of CARE’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder outreach activities, including Project CHOICES motivational interviewing, is to increase the perception of risk of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs during pregnancy and increase FASD awareness among women of child-bearing years. For the child with prenatal alcohol/other drug exposure, CARE offers the workshop series TRIUMPH Through the Challenges of FASD to parents, professionals, and school staff, to assist parents, caregivers, and key stakeholders in developing strategies to overcome challenges, increase positive bonding with family, friends school and community, and to reduce the incidence of secondary disabilities.

Beyond Trauma

For women, the experience of trauma often leads to disorders such as addictions, eating disorders, and self-harm. With sensitivity and understanding, group explores the interrelationship between substance abuse, trauma, and mental health. This is an 8 week series that consists of information, role-playing, guided imagery, and workbook exercises. The Beyond Trauma curriculum is user-friendly for women of all learning styles.

Adult Anger Management

CARE’s Anger Management workshop for adults teaches practical skills to: Successfully manage strong emotions, Maintain self-control (even under stress), Communicate assertively for better relationships and Stay calm when faced with “anger triggers”. Certificate provided upon completion. Class does not meet state ADA standards and is not intended for Domestic Violence.

Seeking Safety

Helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior and emotions.

SMILE (Start Making it Liveable for Everyone)

A two-hour educational program for separating/divorcing parents with children under the age of 18.  It is sponsored by the Macomb County Circuit Court Family Division and the Friend of the Court, and is facilitated by CARE. Parents who have a pending divorce in Macomb County receive a letter signed by their assigned judge inviting them to the next SMILE presentation.  SMILE is an educational opportunity for parents to learn ways to make the separation/divorce experience less painful for their child(ren).  It is also an opportunity for parents to learn about resources in their community that can help their child(ren) through this difficult time. 

SMILE meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month except for November and July.

The presentation is held at Macomb Community College, South Campus, John Lewis Center (Building K), 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren,
Room 301, from 6:00-8:00 pm.


School Based Programs

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Paper People is CARE’s Early Childhood Life-Skills and Drug Prevention Program. The goal of Paper People is to promote ways for children to be safe and healthy. Our trained presenters deliver the Paper People program in eight (8) thirty-minute sessions.

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Life Skills

Life Skills training can be offered at the elementary, middle school, or high school level and is a research based substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by promoting alternatives to risky behaviors.

Smart Moves

More than simply emphasizing a “Say No” message, the Smart Moves program teaches youth how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

Second Step

The Second Step program engages preschoolers through middle school and teaches social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem solving for violence prevention.