AOD Section

Alcohol & Drug Services

Treatment services: 614-645-6839
Prevention services: 614-645-2457 or 614-645-6256 
Community Harm Reduction: 614-645-6612

Office Hours:  
8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday 
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday


[email protected]

Parenting Programs


Columbus Public Health's Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) Prevention Program offers two options for families who want to participate in a parenting supportive education programing.

1.Parenting Wisely is an evidence-based program proven to develop effective child supervision and increase parent involvement for families with at-risk children.  In addition to the topics covered by the curriculum we include how alcohol and drug use impacts parenting and the family relationship, impact of childhood trauma on behavior, and coping skills.

Outcomes of Parenting Wisely Include:

  • Increased knowledge & use of positive parenting skills
  • A decrease in child behavior problems
  • Improved problem solving
  • Enhances family communication
  • Increases parental supervision and appropriate discipline

Parenting Wisely is offered both in person and virtually using ZOOM.  Classes are discussion based small groups and sessions open every 4-5 weeks.   Participants must complete each of the 4-5 classes in order to receive a certificate of completion along with class pre/posttest documents.

  • In person classes meet once a week for 2 hours to include 5 classes.
  • Virtual classes meet once a week for 2 hours to include 4 classes.
      ** Virtual Parenting Wisely participants must have email, internet and the use of a web camera.  Links for the class will be sent once participants have completed               paperwork and pick up their class workbook packets. 

To register for Parenting Wisely call 614-645-6839.

2.PAX TOOLS is a collection of evidence-based trauma – informed strategies to improve cooperation and self-regulation you youth. PAX Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parents, youth workers, and other caring adults to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive. PAX Tools is based on PAX Good Behavior Games providing participants with 9 Tools to utilize with youth.

PAX Tools is offered in a 2.5 hour seminar that is discussion based and interactive.

  • Participants will receive a Tool Box with materials along with a certificate of completion.
  • Note: this training does not take the place of PAX Good Behavior Game.  

To schedule a PAX Tools training for your organization of caring adults who interact with children such as parents, caregivers, community professionals and volunteers call 614-645-6256.

Both programs are grant funded through ADAMH and are free to participate.