The RIPTIDE (Reaching Individual Potential through Increasing Drug and Alcohol Education) Program is an 8-week, Adolescent IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), with a school component, created to address substance use and abuse issues. It is designed to promote healthy lifestyles. Substance abuse education is an important component of the program as well. The mission is to provide education about the disease of chemical dependency, promote a chemical free lifestyle, and to encourage involvement in the twelve-step program. Youth discuss and study a variety of topics as well, pertinent to promote a healthy lifestyle such as: anger management, values clarification, health and nutrition, goal setting, decision making, problem solving, coping skills, communication, personal safety, and individual responsibility. Transportation and education is provided by the student’s school district.

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