Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Drug and alcohol abuse is 100% preventable. Addiction is treatable. Recovery is possible.

Delaying the onset of drug and alcohol use among young people dramatically decreases the risk of long term addiction. Education is the first step in addressing the misconception that addiction is a personal weakness and the best means possible in reducing the stigma attached to the disease.

LICADD is committed to providing honest and accurate age-appropriate information about substance abuse to all populations.

LICADD offers age-appropriate school-based prevention programs for children, teens and adults

LICADD offers age-appropriate school-based prevention programs for children, teens and adults

Interested in scheduling a speaker? You can fill out and submit this Request for Presentation Form (RFP) and/or contact Lisa Ganz at 516.747.2606 ext. 108 or email with any additional questions you may have.

√ Too Good For Drugs (TGFD)
TGFD is a school-based prevention program for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. It builds students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers.

logo_TooGood_175The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among young people has been a social, educational and health concern for decades. The contributors and reasons for young people’s substance use, and the consequences to the individual and the communities around them are complex and multi-faceted. Effective school-based prevention programs have been identified as a critical componant of comprehensive substance abuse prevention and public health.

Too Good For Drugs (TGFD) is a school-based prevention program for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade. The curriculum builds on students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. TGFD K-8 has a separate, developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade level, focusing on The Search Institute’s identified 40 developmental assets, which include emotional competency skills, social and resistance skills, goal setting and decision-making skills. TGFD for 9th to 12th grade is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students. Each curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year-after-year.

The program is designed to benefit everyone in the school by providing needed education in social and emotional competencies and by reducing risk factors and building protective factors that affect students in this age group. TGFD focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures and to facilitate goal-setting, decision-making, bonding with others, having respect for self and others, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, and social interactions.

The Mendez Foundation began providing drug prevention education in Hillsborough County, FL in 1978. TGFD began as a 6th grade program taught in a single school. Since then it has become a comprehensive K-12 program. After a national television documentary featured TGFD and other promising programs in 1983, the Foundation received calls from leaders around the country who wanted to replicate the program in their own communities. In response, the Foundation began to publish manuals and offer curriculum training and training of trainers. Revised in 1998 to incorporate leading-edge research, TGFD has been implemented in more than 2,500 districts nationwide.

Evaluation studies have found that students receiving TGFD prevention programs in comparison to control students will:

  1. Indicate fewer intentions of smoking cigarettes, drinking alcoholic beverages and using marijuana within the next 12 months.
  2. Have higher levels of peer resistance skills.
  3. Have more positive attitudes regarding the inappropriateness of substance use.
  4. Have more positive perceptions of peer disapproval of substance use.
  5. Form friendships with peers less likely to engage in substance use behaviors.
  6. Indicate higher levels of internal locus of control/self efficacy.

Studies conducted in elementary, middle, and high schools have evidenced positive effects on risk and protective factors relating to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use/violence. Positive effects on substance use and protective factors continued to be evidenced both short and long term. Outcomes of TGFD students compared to students in control groups include:

  1. Reduced initiation of cigarette smoking by 33% to 58%
  2. Reduced initiation of drinking alcohol by 38% to 50%
  3. Reduced initiation of marijuana use by 25% to 45%
  4. Reduced initiation of fighting by 45%


While the best measure of success is the positive effect we have on the lives of our children, TGFD has also been selected for prevention excellence by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the American Medical Association and labeled as “Model Evidence-based Prevention Program” by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

SAMHSA Model Programs have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America and have provided solid proof that such programs have prevented or reduced substance abuse and other related high-risk behaviors.

LICADD is one of only a few non-profit organizations on Long Island trained to administer Too Good For Drugs to students. Our staff received training thanks to very generous support from the New York Community Bank Foundation and Capital One. The Too Good For Drugs curriculum includes 10 weekly classroom sessions with students and LICADD typically holds a planning session with school faculty/staff prior to launch and a post-session evaluation meeting to review results. The cost of bringing Too Good For Drugs to your classroom is less than you think and we’ll help you find funding to support this showcase program.

LICADD has successfully piloted this program at Westbury Friends School and the Smithtown School District. In Smithtown alone, we have educated more than 500 sixth graders to date and here’s a link to a great news story detailing our partnership with the district.

For additional information on Too Good For Drugs, please call Lisa Ganz at 516-747-2606 or email with any additional questions you may have.

We also offer the following:

√ Parent-Child Communication Workshops
LICADD facilitates interactive workshops designed to help parents learn how to better communicate with their children about the risks of alcohol and other drugs. These professionally workshops are available in variable lengths from 30 minutes to two hours and teach parents: how to bring up the topic of drugs and alcohol; how to respond when your child asks, “Did you do drugs?”; how to interact with more permissive parents; how to spot the signs of drug/alcohol abuse; and where to get help for yourself and/or your child.

√ Educational Presentations
These dynamic and interactive presentations explore the risks and consequences associated with alcohol and other drug use.

√ Experiential Alcohol/Drug Presentations
Our speakers in recovery often share their experience, strength and hope with others. Discussions include the associated traps, risks and outcomes relative to the use of alcohol and other drugs. These workshops are especially helpful for students who believe “it can never happen to me.”

√ Community Groups, Civic Associations, Churches, PTOs and Colleges
Substance abuse presentations are targeted to a variety of specific community organizations, special interest clubs, businesses, and parent association groups. Topics include: “Heroin use on Long Island”; “Prescription Drug Abuse”; “Understanding Addiction as a Treatable Disease”; “Alcoholism and the Elderly”; “Relapse during the recession”; “Solving Alcohol and Drug Problems in the Workplace”; “Protective Factors for Adolescents: What Do They Need”; “Planned Interventions;” and dozens of other topics.

Interested in scheduling a speaker? You can fill out and submit this Request for Presentation Form (RFP) and/or contact Lisa Ganz at 516.747.2606 ext. 108 or email with any additional questions you may have.