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Alcohol, Tobacco, & Drugs
CARE offers a number of prevention programs which provide information and strategies to help you manage your health and safety. Taking preventive measures before facing a health or safety crisis is the single most important step you can take to reduce the risk factors for behavioral health and addiction-related disorders. Groups and presentations are offered for free to the community.
Paper People is a school-based program designed to change society’s pattern of alcohol and other drug use by providing introductory information and skills before the age of experimentation. The goal of Paper People is to promote ways for children to be safe and healthy. Paper People teaches youth the difference between good and bad things that they put in their body, what a trusting adult is, how to take care of themselves, and the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Additionally, children are informed at a developmentally appropriate level about emerging drug and safety trends, gun/needle safety, and when and how to call 911. The Paper People program is an 8 week series and is provided to preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade students in Macomb County.
Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS)
PATTS is based on a trauma-informed approach that focuses on emotional regulation and teaches peer-refusal skills, appropriate conflict-resolution skills, identification and verbalization of emotions, recognition of anger cues, calming techniques, and forgiveness. Sessions are highly interactive and use group discussion, role playing, games, and skills review. Parents also receive training on the skills being taught to youth participants to reinforce the use of these skills at home. PATTS is a 6 weeks series and is provided to middle and high school students and their parents throughout the county.
Teen Intervene is an early intervention session targeting 12- to- 18 year olds who display the early stages of alcohol or drug use problems (i.e. using or possessing drugs during school) but do not use these substances daily or demonstrate substance abuse. This intervention aims to help teens reduce and/or ultimately eliminate their alcohol and other drug use. The program also offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn healthy communication skills and the importance of establishing family rules surrounding substance use. The program is facilitated as an intensive, one day, seven hour program at CARE of Southeastern Michigan.
Teens Talking Truth (T3)
Teens Talking Truth and the numerous coalition youth subcommittees, in which CARE supports, all maintain unique characteristics that best reflect their community and schools. Many groups adopt a name and mission statement that best reflects the individuality that the community anti-drug coalitions maintain. While many groups differ in the minor details, the overarching purpose to live and promote a drug free lifestyle, while developing crucial leadership skills. T3 meets monthly at CARE of Southeastern Michigan.