Prime for Life
Prime For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention, and pre-treatment program specifically designed for people who might 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-related problems throughout their lives.
Prime For Life® is listed on the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This prestigious list is reserved for those few programs that have demonstrated effectiveness through independent scientific evaluation. Careful attention to research on how people change and intensive field testing helped us develop effective protocols for Prime For Life® delivery. 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.
Few people change if they feel judged. In Prime For Life® we pay careful attention to words and experiences that promote inclusion, openness, and a lack of judgment. Instructors are carefully trained to create an atmosphere that makes it safe for people to openly explore and inwardly examine how their choices are affecting their lives. Prime For Life® does not moralize or dictate. We believe people have reasons for their beliefs and behaviors and that with new understanding, self-evaluation, and support for change, most people are willing to consider change. No scare tactics…but deep self-evaluation.
The Prime For Life® program is available at The Willow Center one weekend a month. There are also separate times available for those under 21 years of age.