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Evidence-Based Programs

are very much needed in our schools, colleges, communities, clinics, youth groups and homes today. On this page we address this very sensitive and important topic.

Evidence-based Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Helping youth learn about the disease of addiction is our business

Helping youth learn about the disease of addiction is our business
The Diversified Intervention Group is well-known as a trusted professional resource in both the chemical dependency and mental health fields. We train dozens of new Interventionists and Recovery Coaches each year. DIG is proud to announce the warm welcoming of strategic partnership with PreventionPLUSWellness (formerly Brief Programs for Health). PreventionPLUSWellness provides evidence-based prevention and wellness programs for youth and young adults.

How well does our evidence-based prevention program SPORT for adolescents work?

Based on the Behavior-Image Model (BMI), SPORT has been evaluated in several research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with the results published in scientific journals.

For more information on the effectiveness of SPORT, please call: (904) 472-5022 or visit our website at: www.preventionpluswellness.com

SPORT Study I: Young Adolescents

An initial study of the first version of SPORT evaluated with 465 8th grade students showed that young adolescents given a brief scripted talk significantly:

* reduced initiation of alcohol use,

* reduced alcohol problems,

* improved protective factors like self-control,

* reduced risk factors like perceived peer use of alcohol,

* increased moderate physical activity,

* increased vigorous exercise, three months after intervention, and

* increased parent-youth communication for parents receiving mailed communication materials over time.

SPORT Study II: Older Adolescents

A second study of another version of SPORT tested among 604 high school students showed that a brief one-on-one scripted fitness talk and a flyer significantly:

•reduced quantity of alcohol use,

•reduced frequency of alcohol use,

•reduced binge drinking,

•reduced the length of drinking,

•reduced the stage of initiating drinking,

•reduced frequency of cigarette smoking, and

•increased moderate physical activity three months after intervention, compared to adolescents given commercial health and fitness education materials.

Brief motivational interventions w teens at school

Brief motivational interventions w teens at school

In addition, one year after baseline, adolescents receiving SPORT who were using drugs prior to intervention showed significant:

•reductions in binge drinking,

•reductions in frequency of cigarette smoking,

•reductions in marijuana use,

•reductions in the initiation of cigarette use,

•reductions in initiation of marijuana use,

•increases in vigorous exercise, and

•increases in moderate physical activity, compared to drug using youth receiving commercial health education materials.

SPORT Study III: Parent Materials

A third study of the stand-alone parent/guardian SPORT program among 684 high school students showed that three parent postcards significantly:

•reduced frequency of alcohol use,

•reduced alcohol-related problems,

•improved adolescent self-control and parental monitoring, with

•approaching significant increases in vigorous exercise,

•reductions in quantity of alcohol use, and

•reductions in frequency of cigarette use and cigarette initiation four months after intervention, compared to adolescents given health flyers.

Additional research shows positive results

Still other research showed that brief positive image multiple behavior interventions based on BIM have increased fruits and vegetable consumption and stress management, while reducing substance abuse among adolescents. Results from these and other studies have been used to produce SPORT for adolescents. Today, SPORT includes improved content and multiple formats, added webinar training, increased ease and accuracy of implementation and evaluation, and greater personalization to specific youth groups and settings.

For more information on the effectiveness of SPORT, please call: (904) 472-5022 or visit our website at: www.preventionpluswellness.com

How well does our evidence-based prevention program InShape for college aged young adults work?

Like SPORT, InShape was based on the Behavior-Image Model (BIM), and evaluated in a number of research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, with the results published in scientific journals. One study of an earlier version of InShape was evaluated with over 300 college students, which showed that young adults given a screen, tailored consult, and goal plan significantly:

•reduced frequency and heavy use of alcohol,

•reduced driving after drinking,

•reduced initiation, quantity, and heavy use of marijuana,

•increased hours of sleep,

•increased moderate exercise,

•increased three types of healthy eating, and

•improved social and spiritual health-related quality of life, compared to a control group.

Other research showed that some of the effects of InShape lasted even up to a year, including improved health-related quality of life, moderate physical activity, and reduced driving after drinking. Results from this and other studies were used to produce InShape for young adults. InShape includes improved content, new components and formats increasing ease and accuracy of implementation and evaluation, added webinar training, and greater personalization to specific young adult populations and environments.

For more information on the effectiveness of SPORT, please call: (904) 472-5022 or visit our website at: www.preventionpluswellness.com