A Free Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

The Thelma McMillen Center is pleased to offer an early identification and prevention program, at no cost, for South Bay teens (ages 13-18) and their parents.

The program, conducted by our highly experienced, credentialed staff, meets once a week for four weeks, on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weekly topics are covered in a continual cycle, making it easy for participants to start the program at any point in the series.

Through a combination of separate and combined groups for parents and teens, families benefit from the program in the following ways:

  • Developing skills for identifying, preventing and intervening in problems related to drug and alcohol
  • Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Establishing healthy behaviors and coping methods
  • Learning how to say, "No."
  • Improving family communication
  • Creating a teen/parent contract for expected behaviors going forward
  • Receiving assistance in determining the extent of the problem, and having access to free initial drug testing, if requested

For more informaiton and to inquire about the First Step Program, please call 310-257-5760

What Every Parent Needs to Know

Frequently Asked Questions