Prevention and Education

Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use has serious consequences in our homes, schools, and communities every year. Millions of individuals and families are directly affected and many billions of dollars are lost as a result. But the reduction of alcohol and other drug problems in Beaufort County is a realizable goal. Scientific research has given us a much greater understanding of the development of drug-related problems allowing the design of prevention strategies that reduce levels of drug use and the attendant social and financial costs.

We offer a range of nationally recognized, best-practice school and community-based prevention curricula and other locally developed innovative strategies to reduce the risk of chemical addiction and other problems.

Our Prevention Specialists offer activity-based presentations using an interactive approach to learning.

As an example, call us today to learn about our FREE community-based 5-minute Narcan training at 843-255-6000.  To help ensure social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens can stay in their cars and drive up to one of our locations to learn how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how they can dispense Narcan nasal spray, which is effective in known instances of suspected opioid overdose in adults or minors.  Training participants will also receive a free Narcan nasal spray package and associated PPE, in addition to Deterra Bags for safe drug disposal. 



Project S.M.A.R.T.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Project S.M.A.R.T
This program is a diversionary program implemented seven years ago for first time non-violent juvenile offenders (10-16 years old). It was designed in order to equip at-risk juveniles, within Beaufort County with various skills and life principles necessary for successful goal setting and achievement. This program is employed as a deterrent for first time non-violent student offenders who seem to be heading toward criminal behavior. The program’s goal is to keep them from becoming institutionalized or incorporated in a juvenile or adult correctional facility or system, and to provide the parents of at risk juveniles with the tools and resources necessary to enhance their parenting skills.
S.M.A.R.T. is a twenty-four hour program held on four consecutive Saturdays from 8am-2pm. Participants are accepted through referrals from parents, schools and the Solicitor’s Office. At least one parent or guardian is required to attend three of the four weekly sessions and transportation is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. Topics covered during the four classes include Communication, Anger management, Conflict Resolution, Laws and Consequences, ATOD information, Goal Setting, Health & Nutrition, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Gangs and Accepting Responsibility. Being a partner agency, BCADAD’s prevention staff facilitates four components of the curriculum: risks and drug feud, anger management, communication and fads/trends in underage drinking.


Kidfest is a large one-day event held each spring to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child. Now in its 18th year, KIDFEST involves on average, 50+ different community agencies and businesses providing fun activities for children and educational/ awareness information for parents and lots of entertainment for both.The annual KidFest, usually held in April provides an opportunity for community families to learn about various services available in the Beaufort area. Together with the military community and other human services organizations coordinate this event to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

It takes upwards of six months to plan and coordinate the event and the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department has maintained active involvement on the Leadership Team since “KidFest’s” inception. With Beaufort hosting three military installations, KidFest’s growth and popularity has strongly benefited from the military presence on the planning committee, as the annual event always coincides with both “Month of the Military Child” and “Child Abuse Prevention Month” activities.

An excellent example of true networking; KidFest promotes healthy lifestyles for area children and families with no fees for participation in any of the varied activities/games/entertainment.

Freedom From Smoking (American Lung Association)

Three of our Prevention Specialist are certified to facilitate this 8 session (7 week) tobacco cessation course. Partnering with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, this course offers participants the best chance of kicking the habit for good. The partnership with BMH has enabled us to reduce the cost of the class to $30 and participants are afforded the opportunity to use the Life-Fit Facility while attending the class. Participants are introduced to a number of quitting techniques and develop a support group which is crucial to long term positive results. ** To register please call (843)522-5570 or email

Together for Beaufort

Together for Beaufort is the result of a year-long community-wide effort to establish clear goals by which progress can be measured. The process was facilitated by representatives from the Institute at Biltmore, involving focus groups throughout the county. The resulting four goals describe aspirational qualities for Beaufort County’s people and families, the communities and the place we share. Progress toward each of the goals will be measured by a total of 16 community indicators.

The purpose of “Together for Beaufort County” is to help our citizens, communities, public officials, agencies and organizations come together as one community to address these important goals. Progress requires the collective efforts of the public (government), private (business), nonprofit (organizations) and faith community sectors to join together in broad collaborations that address the pressing needs of our community. The prevention staff at BCADAD has and continues to maintain active involvement on three of the established community objectives: Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy (RAP) Alliance, Adequacy to Prenatal Care, and Eat Smart Move More of the Lowcountry.

Pregnant Pause

Understanding that one of our Agencies priorities is promoting healthy pregnancies within the community, BCADAD’s Prevention Specialists partner annually with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the March of Dimes Storks Nest Program and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, INC. to offer four Pregnant Pause Events at their annual baby showers. During each baby shower prevention staff offer presentations about the importance of tobacco cessation during pregnancy, second and third hand smoke, fetal alcohol syndrome, concerns after pregnancy and materials to help educate parents on said topics.

New Fads and Trends

This presentation is for adults only; it introduces participants to whets new in today’s society when it comes to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The presentation examines the advertiser’s role in marketing products and introduces the role of the environment on underage drug use. Prevention Staff try to offer parents an opportunity to be one step ahead when it comes to the dangers that are prevalent both on the internet as well as relevant to the age of their children. This minimum time to teach this presentation would be an hour. After attending this presentation parents will receive a complimentary copy of the National booklet entitled "Surviving the Teenage Years".

Girls Circle

Developed by the One Circle Foundation, this model uses a structured support group for girls from ages 9-18 years of age. It integrates relational theory, resiliency practices and skills training by promoting an emotionally safe setting within which girls can develop caring relationships and communicate effectively. This curriculum would be taught at least once a week for an hour for 6-8 weeks to help achieve the desired results.

Wise Guys

Wise Guys is a six session, school-based program which uses sports activities as learning opportunities. Based on the concept of "Sports and the Law", this program addresses the need for rules, consequences, and teamwork. It explores and promotes both effective leadership and good sportsmanship, and correlates these concepts to everyday life situations. (Developed for youth males in grades 3-12)

Marriage Series

Together, Spouses will work on topics such as communication, intimacy, relationship goals, etc. We will use interactive games (in the faith based setting- a marriage series) to work on skills that every marriage should have to be successful!

Staff Trainings

No matter how big or small your staff is- we offer customized trainings to fit your needs. We can focus on communication, team building, staff morale and more! Or, if you just want to refresh with your staff with a few purposeful games- call us!

Chill Skills

Chill Skills is a series of anger management lessons which can be conducted into regular classroom settings both during the school day and in an after school format. The program can be implemented in one to three sessions. By addressing anger management, individuals will begin to develop and practice using conflict resolution skills. It offers the alternative of making healthy choices and considering consequences when dealing with peer pressure, anger management, decision making and self-awareness. Two versions are now available - Elementary School (grades 3-5) or Middle School (grades 6-8).

Skunk/Drug Feud

Exploring the issues of risk taking behavior and life choices made by individuals. Drug Feud uses a question and answer game format to correct misinformation regarding the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

DUI Experience

The DUI Experience is a unique program designed to help save lives through a safe and interactive approach to learning.. The program utilizes the "drunk and dangerous glasses" which simulate being under the influence. An array of different activities is used to help create an awareness of the dangers associated with being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Initially the D.U.I. Experience started with Drivers Education classes at a local high school. Currently, local public and private high schools utilize the program as part of their curricula. This program has also been utilized by a private driving school as well.

Participants gain knowledge that the term, DUI encompasses all drugs not just alcohol. They will also explore the risks associated with first use and binge drinking on the brain and the body. Participants will test their eye-hand coordination, depth perception and equilibrium both before and after wearing the goggles. Participants will experience reduced motor skills that result in the same dangerous driving conditions that happen when a driver under the influence gets behind the wheel of an automobile.

Participants will also examine the consequences associated with underage drinking. Just imagine losing your drivers' licenses, thousands of dollars in fines, family hardships, and potential deaths all of which are likely results when someone makes the choice to drive under the influence. The difference between the DUI experience and real life is that you get to take off your goggles and see for yourself how badly you and others drive, walk and perform other simple tasks. This helps an individual to imagine what risks he or she would have taken without this knowledge. Due to this "hands-on" approach, participants will walk away with a much better understanding of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Use Your Noodle

Combining brain power (noodle) with actual swimming pool noodles, participants are guided through a variety of team building activities, which explore leadership and problem solving themes for groups. Prevention staff have been able to implement upwards of 20-related activities in which participants (young and old) can experience and develop teambuilding, leadership, communication and decision making skills.

Family Drama

("Out of Order Family") Explore the roles within dysfunctional families; the 3 Rules and 3 C's; spoken vs. unspoken rules, and the age of first sip, drink and drunken experience. (30-45 min.)

Fetal Alcohol Effects/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) / Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) presentation focuses on the effects and results of physical and mental birth defects resulting from the intake of alcohol and drugs during pregnancy (45-60 min.)


Medicine Education, also referred to as “Med Ed.” is a presentation designed with an emphasis on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications for mature adults and the elderly. Participants will be introduced to: some of the adverse effects associated with combining medicines and alcohol, the importance of not sharing medicines, taking medicines as prescribed, how to safely discard unused medicines, and how to be their own advocate when going to the doctor in knowing what questions to ask. Participants are encouraged to inventory their medicine cabinet at least twice a year. (45 minutes- 1 hour)

Communication Skills

A presentation designed for people of all ages to help them learn to communicate more effectively. It addresses verbal and non-verbal behavior, emphasizes individual perspectives, feelings and practicing giving and receiving directions.

Youth Access to Tobacco (SYNAR)

Developed to monitor the levels of youth access to tobacco products in the retail setting through nationwide compliance checks, the project has provided substantial additional benefits through increases in the awareness and compliance of tobacco merchants. The program has been successful in reducing the access of underage youth to purchasing tobacco products in retail establishments in Beaufort County from 66.3% in 1994 to 18% in 2010.

Palmetto Retailers Education Program (PREP)

The department provides retailer and server education through PREP (Palmetto Retailers Education Program) developed by Circle Park Behavioral Health Services(Florence County's alcohol and drug abuse authority) and LRADAC, The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands. The program is designed to modify the environment in which tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed.

The PREP curriculum helps reduce underage access to alcohol and tobacco products in our communities, while also lowering the liability risks for businesses and their employees. The curriculum provides managers and servers/ sellers with the knowledge and skills to comply with established alcohol and tobacco policies, and to avoid the potential consequences of failing to comply with those policies.

The two and a half hour session covers many relevant issues, including: alcohol and tobacco laws and consequences, checking IDs, Fake IDs, handling difficult situations, cutting off service, and reducing liability of employees and businesses. The PREP merchant education program is approved by the SC Dept. of Revenue and the SC Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.

 * Brochures and Pamphlets for health fairs and school festivals are available upon request

 * Available to participate at Health and Wellness Fairs in the Community