The Knox County Community Health Coalition presents 12-2-1 A Youth Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Courtesy of: D. Sharon Pruitt  



12 Hours 2 Change 1 Life


12-2-1 - a Student Intervention & Reintegration Program (SIRP) is free for teens who have had experiences with tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. 12-2-1 has demonstrated success in significantly altering attitudes, increasing abstinence, and reducing high-risk drinking and drug use from early teen years through adulthood. 12-2-1 is not a treatment program although the instructor can assist parents with referrals if treatment seems appropriate.

A primary goal of the program is risk-reduction regarding alcohol or drug use. This includes co-occurring problems such as absenteeism, car crashes, and fights, as well as health problems including dependence and addiction. A main focus is to create an atmosphere for stable, enduring change by identifying individual values and engaging the persuasion process using specific research based information.

The 12-2-1 curriculum is purchased from the Prevention Research Institute, a non-profit organization serving multiple cities in the U.S. and Europe.  Activities are designed to achieve specific attitude and behavioral changes. Workbooks, demonstrations, group activities, discussion, DVD’s and audio clips are used to enhance the learning experience.

The class is divided into three units. In Unit One – Prevention, teens learn specific guidelines for alcohol use that reduce risk for alcohol and drug related problems at any point in life. In Unit Two – Reflection, participants take time to determine what phase of use they are in and what that means to them. In Unit Three – Protection, they apply what has been learned, obtain support from others, and prepare to follow through with their commitment to making low-risk choices in their daily lives.

Who is eligible? 12-2-1 is appropriate for youth ages 13 – 19 willing to respectfully interact in a small group in a classroom setting.

Upcoming Class: January 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th (4 sessions, 2 pm-5 pm) Snacks will be available during the classes, and incentives are given to participants during each class. Classes are held at Oceanside High School East and is open to all Knox County students.

For more information contact: John Sommo at Knox County Community Health Coalition, 236-6313x3

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