The A.C.T. program is a risk reduction group focused on education designed to reduce the risk of drug use and problematic alcohol use. Northland’s experienced clinicians assist clients to develop an accurate self-assessment of risk for addiction and to identify and use drug-free coping skills to manage emotions and behaviors that might put you at risk to abuse substances.

The program increases knowledge of the impact of substances on the body and brain as well as its impact on interpersonal functioning. Clients will learn the effects of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs on the body and brain and will be able to verbalize an understanding of personal symptoms of use versus addiction. A.C.T. aims to empower clients to construct an action plan to lower the risk for addiction. The group meets once weekly for an hour and a half, for 6 sessions.


The A.C.T. program also serves as a separate drug and alcohol education program for individuals who have been charged with out of state DUI, reckless operation, possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia, underage consumption, and other offenses associated with addiction.

Northland’s alcohol education program (AEP) teaches about the effects of alcohol, its dangers, effects upon the body, and potential complications. This program is appropriate for individuals designated as being an alcohol abuser or alcohol-dependent. If you are required to attend the AEP and do not attend all scheduled sessions, it is likely that your license will be revoked.

The drug education program can be taken pre-trial or as part of court ordered evaluation or sentence. Patients receive a graduating diploma, and if needed, a report will be sent to the referral source to verify successful completion of the program. Like the alcohol education program, the drug education sessions will educate about the dangers of drugs, different drugs’ effects upon mental cognition, and the damaging effects of both short-term and long-term drug use. The program helps individuals with a history of drug use or abuse understand how to make decisions that will keep them away from continuing high-risk behavior.

Both the alcohol and drug education program help participants understand and identify patterns of behavior that can be broken in order to limit further dependency upon drugs and/or alcohol.