Strengthening Individuals and Families Across the Lifespan

Insight for Youth

INSIGHT for Youth

Helping youth overcome problems with alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.

What Is Insight?

Insight is a five week early intervention program for youth in grades 7-12 who are using and/or abusing alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. Insight provides information and activities that guide participants to examine how their use is affecting their lives and those around them. Insight is often the first step in an extended intervention process. Educating youths about the consequences of alcohol and drug use reduces substance use, lowers behavior problems and criminal activity and increases success in school and other socially acceptable behaviors.


Insight is free of charge to participants. Program funding is provided by grants from the Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, United Way of Greater Lafayette, and contributions to Willowstone Family Services.

To Become Involved:

When: Contact the Insight Coordinator (see below) to find out when the next class starts.

Where: Willowstone Family Services, 615 N. 18th Street, Lafayette, IN

Cost: FREE!
Each youth and a parent/guardian must meet with the group facilitator to complete an initial assessment before joining the Insight group.

Contact: Sara Tyner, LMFT, Insight Coordinator (765).423.5361, ext. 2359 or

Who Should Attend?

Individuals who benefit from the program include:

  • Youth who are concerned about their own alcohol or drug use.
  • Students who have been caught using alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs on school grounds or at school-sponsored events.
  • Youth who have been apprehended by the police for using or possessing alcohol and/or other drugs.

Role Of Parents

Parents are required to meet with the Insight Group Facilitator before their child can enroll in Insight. During this meeting, information about Insight will be provided to parents and an intake will be completed. Parents and guardians play an integral role in the Insight program. According to Jim Crowley, the founder of Insight, “the more parents help in the Insight process, the greater the chance that the program will succeed with participants."

Topics Of Discussion

  • Harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol and drug use
  • Myths of getting high
  • Stages of use, abuse, and dependency
  • Warning signals of addiction and dependency
  • Feelings and defense mechanisms and the role they play in using
  • Refusal and resistance skills

Program Goals

  • Reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs
  • Increase participants knowledge about the harm caused by alcohol, marijuana and other drug abuse
  • Reduce behavior problems
  • Move participants to the next stage of change according to the “Stages of Change" model by Prochaska and DiClemente

  • No upcoming events at this time.