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NCADD of Middlesex County provides several programs for communities as they strive to help their members overcome issues related to substance abuse. For a complete overview of all NCADD programs, click here for our program brochure

  • Tree of Hope: The Tree of Hope aims to change that image by bringing together individuals who have experienced the life-changing transformation that true recovery brings.
  • We Check for 21: We Check for 21 is an educational and advocacy campaign designed to improve compliance with the State’s drinking age by reaching out to the hospitality industry and retailer.
  • Acts of Prevention: Provides an alternative to traditional prevention activities. Includes a thirty-minute dramatic presentation followed by a thirty-minute interactive dialog with the audience as actors stay in character. Programming can assist by developing resiliency and increasing emotional, behavioral, cognitive and cultural competencies. Acts of Prevention provides options, challenges, and an effective means for promoting growth and change. Rutgers University has been contracted to provide an independent evaluation to measure changes in knowledge, attitude, and behavior on the individual level.
  • Friends of Addiction Recovery: A grass-roots recovery community organization comprised of individuals in recovery from addictive illness, and their families, significant others, and friends.  The group seeks to overcome the stigma of addiction; and to honor, support, celebrate, and promote the positive experience of recovery.
  • Faith-Based Initiatives: NCADD of Middlesex County believes that the religious community in Middlesex County has the ability and unique opportunity to influence and reach out and help individuals and their families who are suffering from substance dependency and related problems.  The NCADD of Middlesex County Faith-Based Initiative will provide training and follow-up support activities for various Middlesex County faith communities who wish to take a proactive position with regard to substance abuse and related problems.
  • Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE): Designed to help older adults celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. Independent Evaluation by Rutgers University demonstrated increases in health and healthcare empowerment and increases in medication management behavior. Nearly 85% of participants made a behavior change within six weeks of beginning the program. WISE participants who had initiated a behavior change, on average, reported changing seven different behaviors to improve their health. Identified by the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services as an evidence-based program. Currently under review by the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). Won the 2009 NASADAD Prevention Award.
  • Youth Community Leadership Academy (YCLA):YCLA is an after-school program for Perth Amboy High School students. It features a curriculum intended to educate and empower students to engage in civic process, so they can act as effective youth participant in community bodies that impact the revitalization of Perth Amboy. The program focuses on community issues important to teens.
 

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