Can parents help prevent drug-use and risky behavior in their kids?

January 27, 2017

Overwhelmingly YES! A study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies shows that family-based prevention programs can be an effective way to prevent adolescent substance use.

parent-workshop(Deerfield, IL Schools hosting LifeSkills Parent workshops, January 2017)

The LifeSkills Training Parent Program is proven to help families by strengthening family communication. Topics covered in the program include:

  • Family Communication
  • Parental Monitoring
  • Being a Good Role Model
  • Use of Appropriate and Consistent Discipline
  • Effects and Warning Signs of Substance Abuse
  • Taking a Clear Stand on Drugs

The program helps keep children from using drugs and engaging in risky behavior, is ideal for parenting workshops and is available in Spanish too.

Do you want to learn how to host these LifeSkills Parent workshops in your community? Register for this online training workshop on February 6th and become a LifeSkills Training Parent Program Leader.

Prevention works when schools, families, and communities come together!


Community-based Prevention Reduces Alcohol, Tobacco & Marijuana Use

April 29, 2016
Check out how the Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County, FL partnered with the school board, superintendent, principals, faculty, law enforcement, and community members in a comprehensive effort to reduce the likelihood of teen use throughout their community. Among Indian River middle school students,  LifeSkills Training produced significant improvements in health knowledge, anti-drug attitudes, and life and refusal skills. Click here to full Case StudyIRC-LST_infographic_D5-page-001

LifeSkills Parent Program Leader Training

April 19, 2016

PP set no bg copyRegister below and learn how to implement the LifeSkills Training Parent Program

May 3 and 4, 2016 – 12 noon (ET) Live I and II

Enroll by 4/24 to save $40. Space is limited.

The LifeSkills Training Parent Program is proven to help families by strengthening family communication.* The program helps keep children from using drugs, is ideal for parenting workshops or self-paced, and is available in Spanish.

*A study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies shows that family-based prevention programs can be an effective way to prevent adolescent substance use.

New Report Highlights the Economic Power of Prevention: LifeSkills Training Program Saves $50 for Every $1 Spent

April 10, 2014
Investing in prevention makes great economic sense, according to a new study. The report, part of a series of economic studies conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP), determined that communities will reap substantial savings by using effective drug abuse and violence prevention programs. Among the most dramatic findings were those for a drug abuse and violence prevention program called Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST). Researchers found that the LST program produced a $50 benefit for every $1 invested–yielding the highest return on investment of any substance abuse prevention curriculum studied.

“We know that effective prevention programs can produce a powerful public health benefit by helping teens avoid the damaging effects of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug abuse, and violence. This updated report proves that it has the added benefit of also making good economic sense,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and developer of the LST program. “A relatively small upfront investment in a proven prevention program such as LST can yield tremendous health and economic benefits in terms of both the positive health effects it provides students and the potential cost savings for communities and the larger society.”

Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse cost the United States over $500 billion a year. Therefore, the nationwide use of prevention programs that have been tested and proven effective offer considerable economic benefits at a time when health costs are spiraling higher each year. Unfortunately, surveys show that most schools are not using programs proven to work. And just as programs vary in effectiveness, they also vary in their costs, economic benefits, and potential return on investment.  Encouraging the use of tested and effective prevention programs shown to produce a high return on investment can produce substantial savings and help cut health costs throughout the country.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy provided the results of new analyses in their most recent report entitled “Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes.” The report, similar to an investment advisor’s “buy-sell” list, contains current recommendations on policy options that can give taxpayers a good return on their investment (“buys”), as well as those that apparently cannot (“sells”). Investing in LST represents a 50-to-1 return to communities in terms of reduced corrections costs, welfare and social services burdens, drug and mental health treatment, and increased employment and tax revenue. This 50-to-1 return is an increase over the last report in April 2012 of a 38-to-1 return.

About Botvin LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program used in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and in 36 countries around the world. LST has been extensively tested and proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%. It is effective when implemented using different delivery formats, when taught by different providers, and when delivered to different populations. It works with elementary school, middle school, and high school students. Long-term follow-up studies also show that it produces prevention effects that are durable and long-lasting. For more information call 800-293-4969 or visit


Paulina Kalaj


via LifeSkills Training: Press Releases.

Ohio Grants Target Anti-Drug Programs For Kids

April 8, 2014

A Licking County agency will receive $62,448 to provide the LifeSkills Training program to all 9th-grade students in Newark City Schools. Pathways of Central Ohio will also deliver the evidenced-based curriculum to students in six other Licking County schools.

Kristin McCloud, executive director of Pathways of Central Ohio says the curriculum focuses on relationships and self-esteem.

via LifeSkills Training: News Detail.

LifeSkills Training Works with Italian Youth

April 1, 2014

In the final part of this 5-part video series, Dr. Velasco describes her team’s evaluation methods and briefly summarizes one-year results showing that LifeSkills Training works with Italian youth. Visit for more information.

The series focuses on implementation of the Botvin Life Skills Training drug abuse prevention program with Italian youth.


What Parents and Teachers in Italy REALLY think of LifeSkills Training

March 31, 2014

In Part 4 of this 5-part series, Dr. Veronica Velasco talks about the positive reaction to the Botvin LifeSkills Training program by Italian parents and teachers. Visit for more information.

This 5-part series focuses on implementation of the Life Skills Training drug abuse prevention program with Italian youth.

%d bloggers like this: