Introduction to ADEP
The Adolescent Diversion Education Program (ADEP) is a 10-hour program designed for individuals under the age of 21 who have been arrested for alcohol and other drug-related offenses, such as Minor in Possession and Abuse and Lose. The stated mission of ADEP is to reduce alcohol and other drug-related deaths and injuries by educating young offenders about the risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.
Stated Objective of the ADEP
The ADEP is designed to address the unique characteristics and problems shared by adolescent offenders. The ADEP also is intended to help adolescents develop the self-awareness and skills necessary to make healthy choices in the future. Over the course of the program, each student is required to develop a Personal Action Plan that promotes permanent lifestyle changes and helps them avoid future problems with alcohol or other drug use.
ADEP Course Organization and Content
The ADEP is divided into seven (7) modules covering the following content:
- Module 1–Introduction. A general program overview is provided and students identify and discuss reasons why they are in the program.
- Module 2–Laws and Penalties. Students receive information about Missouri laws and penalties relating to alcohol and other drugs. In addition, they examine the legal, financial and personal consequences of their behavior.
- Module 3–Alcohol, Other Drugs and their Effects. Information is disseminated about alcohol and other drugs and their effects on the mind, body, judgment and driving ability.
- Module 4–Use, Abuse and Addiction. Students explore the differences between substance use, abuse and addiction. Symptoms of chemical dependency are discussed.
- Module 5–Self-Evaluation. Students assess their values and behaviors, as well as evaluate the impact alcohol and other drugs have had on their mind and body.
- Module 6–Life Skills. Decision-making skills are appraised and strengthened. Healthy alternatives to alcohol and other drug-related activities are identified.
- Module 7– Looking Ahead. Students share their completed Personal Action Plans with the class.
“Special Features.” The program advocates positive decision-making and the reduction of recidivism by presenting accurate information, using “Interactive Journaling” group process and the application of self-change and motivational strategies.”
Interactive Journaling” encourages students to personalize information by posing the question “What does this mean to you? This builds responsibility, promotes self-efficacy and fosters a sense of accomplishment. Family participation in the program is encouraged as a further means of supporting student change.