Fairbanks expands its educational services

Educating the community about the disease of addiction is a crucial component of Fairbanks’ mission to inspire hope and transform lives as experts in addiction, focused on recovery. As the new manager of educational services, Holly Homan intends on educating more people.

Previously, Fairbanks’ education program for substance abuse and its marijuana education were primarily geared toward people who were mandated to attend education classes.

“I think PRIME For Life® and the marijuana education program allow Fairbanks to reach more people before they encounter a legal issue,” said Holly. “Fairbanks wants to be more proactive and use education as a preventative measure.”

That means bringing the programs into schools and incorporating education into employers’ human resources initiatives.

“Over time we can change the way people learn about addiction — not only when they get in trouble but before, so hopefully they don’t go down the wrong path,” Holly said. “That’s the goal of the program.”

Fairbanks started a partnership this spring with Hancock County schools and its probation department for educational services. For example, the hope is that students who fail drug tests required for extracurricular activities aren’t just suspended or sent to detention, but referred to one of Fairbanks’ education programs.

“We’ll talk about their choices and make necessary changes,” Holly said. “If they need follow-up care, we can provide that or refer them to the right program. But we need to teach better choices.”

Our goal is to take the education program to where people live. Each satellite office is staffed with highly-skilled facilitators who are familiar with the community. The goal isn’t to lecture or shame anyone struggling with substance abuse but to educate them.

“It’s more of a discussion — how important are these substances to you, what would it take for you to not have any more consequences, what does that look like for you and how can we help?” Holly said.

She views this population in a triangle, with the sickest among them at the top and not enough attention being paid to the massive number toward the bottom.

“We’re not winning the fight,” Holly said. “If you expand services so that you’re reaching more people when they’re not already sick, then the fight against addiction feels easier and you have more success. I want the community to see Fairbanks as caring about the whole continuum, not just when people are really sick.”

What is PRIME for Life?

PRIME For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for people who may be making high-risk choices. This includes impaired driving offenders, college students and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to alter drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout their lives. Because Prime For Life® includes both prevention and intervention content, it is also designed to serve multiple audiences with program delivery options for each.

Fairbanks also offers a marijuana education program for individuals who have experienced problematic behavior due to marijuana use. This class educates on the signs and symptoms of marijuana use, abuse and dependence. Marijuana education teaches participants research-based information regarding the impact of marijuana on personal health, workplace safety, academic performance, driving under the influence and social behavior.

These programs are available for adults in Indianapolis, Hancock County, Hendricks County and Kokomo. Classes can be 8, 12 or 20 hours based on the participant’s needs. Classes are offered 5-9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the following locations:

Fairbanks Recovery Center

8102A Clearvista Parkway | Indianapolis, IN 46256


Hancock Regional Hospital

Robert C. Keen Classroom

801 N. State St. | Greenfield, IN 46140


Fairbanks Hendricks County Office

6100 Clarks Creek Road, Suite 102

Plainfield, IN 46168



210 West Walnut Street | Kokomo, IN 46901

To register for PRIME for Life and/or Marijuana Education classes, please call 855.880.1217. More information is available online at www.fairbankscd. org/program/substance-abuse-education.


Fairbanks also offers educational programs for adolescents, ages 13 – 19, in Indianapolis, Hendricks County and Wayne County.

Classes are offered on select Fridays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Indianapolis and Hendricks County. In Wayne County, classes are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays only. There is also a family component following the Saturday class. To learn more about that, visit our family program page.

To register for an educational class for adolescents, please call 855.518.2501.