At The Council on Recovery, we believe it’s not enough to treat the results of drug and alcohol abuse. We also want to prevent that abuse from occurring in the first place. That’s why we offer evidence-based prevention programs for grade levels 3-12 in public and private schools, as well as local community centers.
Our prevention programs help individuals, families, and communities develop the resources they need to maintain healthy lifestyles. Through these programs, we can have a real impact on a wide range of at-risk behaviors including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse; crime and delinquency; violence; vandalism; school failure; school dropouts; teenage pregnancy; mental health problems; depression and suicide.
What follows is an overview of the educational programs currently run in schools by The Council on Recovery. There are several programs available to children in different grades.
Life Skills Training for Students in Grades 3 through 5
We provide the nationally-recognized Botvin LifeSkills Training Elementary School program as a comprehensive, dynamic, and age appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve students’ knowledge of essential life skills. Program objectives include:
- Personal Self-Management Skills to help students enhance self-esteem, solve problems, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
- General Social Skills to help students meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
- Drug Resistance Skills to help students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program for Students in Grades 6 Through 8
Our CBSG Program is a unique, multi-cultural, evidence-based preventive intervention program. It’s designed for boys and girls, ages 4-17, whose high-risk situations - including adverse childhood experiences, attitudes and behaviors - place them at risk for future behavioral and health problems including substance abuse, delinquency and violence.
Our support group model sets CBSG apart from other approaches. Participants meet in confidential, small group settings. They’re taught essential life skills to help them cope with difficult family situations, resist negative peer pressure, respect themselves and others, set and achieve goals, make healthy choices, and refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
All Stars for Students in Grades 6 Through 8
The Council’s All Stars program helps students identify positive ideals and future aspirations. They participate in games and discussions to establish positive expectations with their peers. The goal is to eliminate peer pressure to engage in risky behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco, drug use, bullying, fighting, and sexual activity. By asking students to commit to personal standards of behaviors, All Stars promotes bonding with family, school and community, and it encourages parents and kids to talk about healthy aspirations and commitments.
Reconnecting Youth for Students in Grades 9 Through 12
The Council’s Reconnecting Youth (RY) is an award-winning, prevention program that helps at-risk youth achieve in school and decrease drug use, anger, depression, and emotional distress. Designed as a semester-long class offered for school credit, we focus on skills training with support from peers and adults. Our goals are to increase school performance while decreasing drug involvement and emotional distress.
RY Classes are made up of 10 – 12 at-risk students who are invited to participate and who are falling behind academically, absent from class more often than usual, struggling to maintain their GPA, or referred by school personnel.
The Choices™ program is the Center for Recovering Families’ unique prevention and counseling program for high school students. Working from a base of proven successful prevention efforts, Choices™ incorporates two critical elements typically missing in other school programs: A focus on multiple high-risk behaviors, and programming tailored to fit a specific school culture.
Choices™ counselors assess the culture of each participating school to identify critical factors that influence the adoption, success, and sustainability of the program. They then tailor prevention services that include faculty, parents, and students fully integrate them throughout the school. The result? A far-reaching, comprehensive approach that promotes social and emotional competence, changes perceptions about standards of behavior, and helps students develop critical life skills. The Choices™ counselor stays with the school every step of the way, serving as program administrator on campus and providing confidential counseling and therapy services to students.
The Choices™ program works. Schools that have implemented it have shown consistent and sustained decreases in reported high-risk behaviors. To learn more, read this comprehensive review of the ChoicesS™ program and its effectiveness that was recently published in the Journal of Addiction. If you would like more information about obtaining the Choices™ program for your school, please call 281.200.9262 or use the Contact Us form.
Special Announcement: In April 2017, The Council on Recovery received a $1.15 Million grant from the Hildebrand Foundation to expand the Choices™ high-risk behavior prevention program to 20 schools in the greater Houston area over the next 24 months. The grant will also fund a research program in collaboration with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) to study and refine Choices™ methodology, and develop research-based criteria for national replication. Read the news release.