Risk Reduction Education Program

Our risk reduction courses help people reconsider their use of alcohol and other drugs. Using evidence-based practices, we challenge the misperceptions around substance use, reducing any risky behaviors like binge drinking or driving while intoxicated.
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Have You Faced Consequences Because of Your Drinking or Other Drug Use?

If you face serious consequences from your drinking or drug use, you should carefully consider your next step. Some consequences may seem like random events, never to be repeated, and you may think you’re in control of your substance use. But it probably happened for a reason, and soon enough, you will likely face additional consequences:

  • Loss of job
  • Loss of relationships
  • Expulsion from school

You can still take control of your future with the right insight and information.

Risk Reduction - Using the Right Information for Better Choices

With the right information, you can learn why you behave the way you do with alcohol or other drugs, and what you can do to make better choices.

And the road to better decision making starts with understanding.

Become Motivated to Change with Our Risk-Reduction Course

Our risk-reduction course teaches you to make healthier choices, and helps you understand your substance use. You can examine, perhaps for the first time, your entire attitude, perception and motivation behind drinking and other drug use.

The course will give you greater awareness of the risks involved in your choices, and teach you new strategies to weigh and assess your choices around substance use, which may help you reduce any unwanted behaviors related to alcohol or other drugs, and identify any consequences long before they happen.

Hazelden Betty Ford uses the evidence-based Prime for Life®, a motivational intervention program specifically designed for adults who make high-risk choices. This includes but is not limited to intoxicated drivers and criminal offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and providing knowledge of how to reduce risk of alcohol- and drug-related problems.

In addition to courses on alcohol, Hazelden Betty Ford offers an education program specific to THC and marijuana. As marijuana becomes more widely legalized in the United States, most of us are hearing more about it in our communities, media, and politics. Much of what we hear might make marijuana sound "safe" or "low-risk" but is it? Hazelden Betty Ford's Risk Reduction Education Program utilizes Prime for Life 420 to addresses issues like:

  • Is marijuana addictive?
  • Can problems happen from marijuana impairment?
  • It's legal and it's natural, so what's the big deal?

The program utilizes a multifaceted approach that motivates people of varying backgrounds and levels of high-risk choices to change cannabis use, attitudes, and behaviors.

Program Course Levels and Schedule (timing shown is Central)

Register for a Course

We offer two types of courses. Instructor-led courses are presented by a live facilitator and you will complete the course with others through a virtual meeting platform. Self-led courses also use a virtual platform however you progress through and complete a series of pre-recorded virtual presentations at your own pace.

Both programs provide a certificate of completion directly to each participant. Each participant is expected to share their certificate with any referent or organization that may need it for documentation purposes.

Use the links below to register and provide payment for the course you have chosen. For the instructor-led courses, course dates are provided within the links below. Once your payment is confirmed, you will receive an email within 72 hours with your course log-in information. All Risk Reduction Education Courses are self-pay, insurance is not accepted at this time. Programming is being offered to those who are self-referred, referred from a university, employee assistance program, and/or medical, mental health, or substance abuse professionals. This program is not currently being offered to those with specific DUI or court ordered requirements. All questions regarding the registration or payment process can be directed to riskreductioned@hazeldenbettyford.org.

Instructor-Led Courses

Self-Paced Courses

The online course allows you to complete modules on your schedule. The program enables you to identify your core values and the potential consequences of substance use on those core values.

The road to better decision making starts with understanding
Harnessing science, love and the wisdom of lived experience, we are a force of healing and hope ​​​​​​​for families and communities affected by substance use and mental health conditions.