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]

S.A.G.E. - Substance Abuse General Education

The S.A.G.E. (Substance Abuse General Education) Program provides general education on substance abuse to help reduce the risk for developing alcohol or other drug problems.  The content is centered on understanding what each participant values and how to protect those things through positive low risk choices and uses the curriculum Prime for Life.  

Some Topics Include: 

  • Does having a family history of alcohol problems increase my risk? 
  • Does having a high tolerance protect me from problems? 
  • Why can’t people see it when they have problems with alcohol? 
  • Are small quantities of alcohol good for my heart? 
  • How do I know where my “trigger point” is? 
  • How do I know when I am making high-risk choices? 
  • What personality traits are more common among people who develop alcoholism? 
  • How can I specifically reduce my risk for problems? 
  • Is marijuana addictive and can it impair driving ability?

S.A.G.E. is designed to be an intensive prevention education intervention for those that are showing use of alcohol and/or marijuana but do not meet criteria for a treatment diagnosis. The program is available for individuals interested in preventing alcohol/drug abuse. This could include people who use alcohol/other drugs, those referred by the criminal justice system, and those who wish to learn more about reducing their personal risk.   

Assessments are not required to enroll in S.A.G.E., but if referral agencies feel an assessment is needed clients can complete them with our treatment program to rule out diagnosis.

For youth 15-17 who are showing high risk substance use enrollment is completed by phone and a parental permission form must be completed. Classes for adolescents are offered as need arises. 

How to Enroll and Complete SAGE:

The S.A.G.E. Program is a five week program that is currently being offered virtually using Zoom.  It includes 4 classes that meet for 2 hours once a week and a one hour wrap up risk reduction interview. Clients must complete the full 8 hours of education and the wrap up to complete S.A.G.E.

To complete virtual S.A.G.E. clients must have internet, email, and a web camera as video must be on during class. Once enrolled, clients will be given a time to come in to complete course paperwork and pick up their workbook packets.

In person classes will be scheduled as needed in compliance with COVID guidelines.

S.A.G.E. is an ADAMH funded prevention program and free for clients. 

To enroll in the S.A.G.E. program call our registration desk at 614-645-6843