The INTERRUPTED - High Risk Youth Intervention Program is a psycho-educational program designed to prevent the onset of substance abuse among adolescents participating in school Student Assistance Programs or under the supervision of juvenile probation. Founded on the principles of Glasser’s Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, the manualized curriculum consists of a series of exercises, homework, and factual content to encourage self-examination and strengthen capacity to fulfill five basic needs without use of drugs: (1) survival, (2) love and belonging, (3) power, (4) freedom, and (5) fun.
INTERRUPTED emphasizes, in particular, the importance of relationships and helps students through a process of discovery of how substance use interferes with fulfilling these five basic needs and debilitates one’s capacity to control feeling and physiology. Exercises and homework focus on developing patterns of thinking and acting that recognize “triggers” to use substances and invoke a new “mind speak” (action) that directs positive alternative responses to these triggers.
INTERRUPTED is supported by all 11 of Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County school districts (and their corresponding Student Assistance Programs) and the county’s Office of Juvenile Probation. Juvenile probation officers, drug and alcohol prevention specialists, or school social workers serve as facilitators following their participation in a three-day curriculum training on and observation of the program’s implementation.
With funds from SAMHSA’s Service to Science Subcontract to Build Evaluation Capacity of Evidence-Based Interventions, program staff will partner with Temple University faculty and staff to conduct the following evaluation enhancements:
Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
1100 South Cameron Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104
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