Drug & Alcohol Education

Drug & Alcohol Academy

A project of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery

The Drug and Alcohol Academy (“The Academy”) is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have been arrested for an offense that involved the use of drugs/alcohol, those who have tested positive on employer-sponsored drug screens and others who have experienced consequences for substance abuse. This program is specifically geared towards those who have abused alcohol or drugs, but may or may not have a diagnosis of chemical dependence. The Academy, through a unique psycho-educational process that spans 12 weeks, helps participants take an honest look at their alcohol and/or drug use, encourages them to change unhealthy behavior patterns, and if warranted, links them with a wide range of high-quality addiction treatment options.

Academy participants learn the following:

The actual and potential costs associated with substance abuse and addiction

Personal costs associated with alcohol and/or drug-related crimes

The adverse effects of alcohol, marijuana, misused prescription meds and other drugs can have on physical, mental and social healt

Internal and external risk factors for men and women

The differences between use, abuse and addiction and an overview of disease progression

How their core beliefs, attitudes and emotional patterns can increase their risk for substance abuse and dependence

Stress management skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-care and alternative means of coping

How behavior changes will enhance their quality of life and overall well-being

What community health and mental health resources are available on Long Island

Participant  undergoes a comprehensive standardized individual bio/psycho/social assessment and pre-test at intake.  Participants are surveyed again individually at program end to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors and to determine whether further education and/or treatment is indicated.

Participants are required to abstain from any drug or alcohol use while they are enrolled in the Academy. Urine screens are administered during every session and if a participant is unable to remain abstinent from alcohol or drugs during the twelve weeks of this program, they are counseled and referred to a higher level of care for more intensive treatment.

The Academy is a joint project of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery (KPC). LICADD is a nonprofit organization with a 56-year history of providing screening, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to Long Islanders concerned about addiction. Additionally, LICADD operates one of the region’s oldest and largest Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and operates substance abuse prevention programs in a variety of settings. KPC is a NYS OASAS-licensed outpatient chemical dependency program with locations in Hauppauge and Syosset. KPC is fully approved by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and accepts most major insurance plans.

This program is supervised by a team of licensed professionals with decades of experience in the prevention and treatment of alcohol/drug abuse and dependency.  All instructors are credentialed, experienced and well-trained to deliver this evidence-based intervention.

The Academy is held on consecutive Monday nights from 7:00PM-9:00PM at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale. Costs associated with the Academy include an intake/assessment fee of $200.00 (individual session), tuition of $1,000 for 10-session series and $200 for the debriefing/final assessment (individual session). Participants receive a certificate of completion and all documentation as required by courts, probation, employers or other parties. Most health insurance plans will cover some or all of the tuition costs associated with the program, though individual assessment fees must be paid via cash or credit card. Intake assessments can generally be scheduled within 24-48 hours in Mineola or Ronkonkoma.

For more information, call LICADD at 516-747-2606.