Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

Oakland County Health Division offers various, evidence-based, prevention programs, funded by the Oakland Community Health Network, aimed at reducing risky behaviors that lead to substance use and violence. Programs are available for elementary school aged children, pre-teens, teens, or adults.

 Prevention Programming

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Botvin LifeSkills Training Programs,

Elementary and Middle School Programs

The Botvin LifeSkills TrainingElementary andMiddle School programs are evidence-based prevention programs designed to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse, and violence among youth. The major social and psychological factors that promote initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors such as violence, conflict resolution, and bullying are featured. An additional prescription drug abuse prevention module is also available. This module addresses the abuse of prescription drugs, why people abuse prescription drugs, and refusal skills. 

Transitions Program

The Botvin LifeSkills TrainingTransitions program teaches self-management, refusal, and life skills. Young adults, ages 16-18 years old, are given the framework to discuss and practice vital behaviors that are proven to promote health and decrease involvement in high-risk behaviors. The comprehensive, skills-training method is proven to prevent and reduce tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

Parent Program

The Botvin LifeSkills TrainingParent program is designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs. The program will help parents teach their children the skills to help them resist the threats of tobacco, drugs, and violence.

View Parent program flyer in Spanish.
Photovoice, Photovoice is an opportunity for middle and high school youth to express their perspective about the growing problem surrounding substance abuse through photography and group discussion. Photos and stories are presented to the community in order to raise awareness about selected topics. It’s a fun, creative way for youth to have a voice and create community awareness!
Safe Dates,

​TheSafe Dates curriculum is a ten-session program that deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. In a safe and respectful environment, Safe Dates covers topics such as dating and sexual abuse, communication, and gender stereotypes. The program targets both male and female middle- and high-school students.

Prescription Drug Abuse,

A prescription drug abuse prevention module is available as an addition to the above programs to discuss opioid misuse and abuse. This module addresses the abuse of prescription drugs, why people abuse prescription drugs, and refusal skills.  

For information about prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic, please visit

Click here to access the Opioid Initiative Open Data Portal and view interactive maps of prevention, treatment, and recovery services in your community.

Michigan Model for Health ,

Michigan Model for Health is an evidence-based, K-5 curriculum developed to promote the health and well-being of youth, while connecting classroom content to families through take home newsletters and activities. Social and Emotional Health and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) units are taught by Oakland County Public Health Educators free to Oakland County schools.

The ATOD unit promotes substance use prevention in youth. The ATOD lessons have been found to affect students' behaviors and attitudes towards tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. The ATOD unit covers the following topics:

  • Poisons
  • Medicines
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Inhalants
  • Drugs
  • Advertising

The Social and Emotional Health unit teaches children important skills such as interpersonal communication, self-management, and social emotional health. These skills are essential for children to learn and will be used throughout their lives. Lessons present various subjects to students including:

  • Bullying
  • Emotions
  • Assertiveness
  • Conflict resolution
  • Making friends
  • Positive self-talk

Kindergarten Flyers

4th Grade Flyers

5th Grade Flyers

 Treatment Resources

​Access to Oakland Community Health Network Substance Use Services

  • Provides screening, authorization and coordination of services for alcohol and drug treatment services for Oakland County residents with Medicaid, Healthy Michigan, or no insurance
  • Confidential services for persons who have a current dependence on alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Referral information about outpatient substance abuse treatment programs close to home or place of employment
  • Screening and coordination for individuals seeking assistance for intensive outpatient treatment, methadone, and residential substance abuse programs
  • Authorization for continuing care services
Phone: 248-464-6363, if after hours, call Common Ground at 800-231-1127.

Address: 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Building 32 East, Pontiac, MI

 Additional Resources

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 Prevention Information

248-858-8745 / 248-858-9598

1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Bldg. 34 East, Pontiac

 Treatment Information

Phone: 248-464-6363, if after hours, call Common Ground at 800-231-1127.

Address: Resource & Crisis Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Bldg. 32 East, Pontiac

Hours of Operation:
Monday & Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.