Prime For Life® is an evidence-based method to motivate drug and alcohol behavioral change.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with any type of substance misuse, then please consider participating in the Prime For Life course or offering a referral
Prime For Life® Program
PRIME For Life® is an evidence-based, experiential program that encourages individuals to think through their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors before making high-risk drug or alcohol choices. Prime For Life integrates substance misuse prevention and education, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral methods to help participants reflect on their decisions and explore their perceptions of harm and consequences when using marijuana, alcohol, and other substances. Every program element is ultimately designed to decrease high-risk alcohol and drug use, as well as reduce recidivism.
Our instructors are Fayette County-based professional prevention, recovery and counseling facilitators who are certified to implement the Prime for Life Program.
Who should take a Prime For Life® class with Fayette FACTOR?
"I personally learned about the different stages of addiction and how they can change depending on your choices."
Prime For Life® is an excellent program of awareness for individuals who engage in high-risk behavior. It is a great way to begin a self-assessment process and determine one’s own level of substance use. Good candidates for this program include impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with marijuana alcohol and other drug offenses. Prime For Life can also be useful for persons who wonder whether there are THC or other substance use problems among their family or friends. Because Prime For Life® includes both prevention and intervention content, it is also designed in a way that serves parents, Employee Assistance Programs, court systems, school systems, faith-based organizations and other interested community members.
"Making better choices, and just because you think your tolerance is high doesn’t mean that you're safe."
Prevention Research Institute
Prevention Research Institute, Inc. (PRI), the developer of Prime for Life, is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the incidence of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout the world.
Since 1983, PRI has developed Prime For Life for a variety of target audiences: military personnel, parents, young people, college students, employees, and impaired drivers.
Fayette FACTOR offers an eight-hour Prime For Life program. Classes may be held on (a) Saturdays in two four-hour sessions or (b) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in four two-hour sessions. Courses may be offered virtually or in-person.
"There are things about THC that can affect you in the long run."
Enrollment in the Prime For Life course requires:
"I did not know the dangers of low to high risk situations. In this course, I learned about the different zones pertaining to addiction, which zone I'm in, and which zone I don't want to be."
Across a variety of settings, program evaluations consistently show participants benefit from Prime For Life, including improvements in risk perceptions, increased motivation to reduce risk, greater readiness to change behavior, and recognition of positive support for change. After Prime For Life, most participants express confidence in planning to reduce their substance use and rate Prime For Life as helpful in developing those skills. Recidivism studies find program completers have lower recidivism rates.