CEASE provides prevention education in the community, churches, schools, parent-teacher organizations, youth groups, libraries, juvenile justice system and other public venues in order to raise social consciousness about contributing factors and to identify adolescents at risk for substance abuse regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.
We define an "early" at-risk adolescent as an individual between the ages of 11 and 15 who is at risk of becoming a drug or alcohol abuser, or who may be or exhibit one of the following:
Has a substance abuser parent or guardian.
Has an incarcerated parent.
Is a victim of trauma due to physical and/or sexual abuse, family violence, community violence or homelessness.
Is economically disadvantaged.
Has committed a delinquent act.
Has experienced mental health problems.
Has experienced long-term physical pain due to injury.
Has experienced chronic failure in school due to either poor school performance or behavioral problems.
Has dropped out of school.
Once identified, adolescents are screened using evidence-based assessment instruments to determine their level of risk. Adolescents who are found to be actively using alcohol and drugs, or are found to be mentally unstable will be provided resources for appropriate treatment.
Eligible adolescents will participate in CEASE’s multi-platform, 6-month prevention program.
Program Phase I
Phase I is a comprehensive substance abuse psycho-education prevention program. It will begin with an intensive weekly group workshop for 8 weeks. The mission of Phase I is to educate adolescents and their parents through cooperative, interactive group experiences.
Over the 8 weeks, each team will work on and complete a targeted service-learning project. The goals of Phase I are to foster a healthy adolescent-adult relationship, enhance communication skills, build a sense of cooperation, support and teamwork, create readiness for civic and community engagement, understand the value of service to themselves and the community, and increase protective factors.
While substance abuse education is an integral component of adolescent substance abuse prevention, evidence-based research and more than 30 yrs of clinical substance abuse treatment experience have shown that education alone does not prevent adolescent substance abuse. For these reasons, CEASE is excited to present Phase II of our program.
Phase I of CEASE is designed to serve as a stand-alone program for those adolescent needing this level of intervention only.
Program Phase II
Phase II is a 4-month experiential program wherein CEASE builds upon the learning that the adolescents experienced during Phase I. Prevention education will continue to be the underlying learning objective. However, Phase II will emphasize the key principles of mentoring, community engagement, and leadership development in the prevention of adolescent substance abuse.
Phase II consist of biweekly service-project development and monthly program meetings. Celebration, strengths, leadership development and accomplishments are key cornerstones of Phase II.