Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program


Located in Newark, Ohio, the Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program, better known as LAPP, offers outpatient treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. This facility provides services to adults, as well as being amongst the 127 (31.3 percent) Ohio treatment centers with specifically-tailored programming for adolescents.


The facility’s program follows a treatment approached referred to as “Stage Wise Treatment.” The model uses motivational interviewing techniques to assess the client’s values, beliefs, goals, and life experiences in order to encourage behavioral changes.

Adult services at the facility include mostly group counseling sessions and educational classes. Groups cater to various needs the client might have depending on where they are in their process. Some clients will benefit from groups that help them learn to identify needs and contemplate change. There is also an outreach group that provides education to clients in order to help individuals realize if they have an issue with drugs and/or alcohol. Other programs focus on active recovery skills. Gender-specific and co-ed groups are available.

LAPP also offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for those in need of more intensive and frequent services during recovery. In addition, the facility offers aftercare groups for those who have successfully completed treatment and are working on maintaining their sobriety. During treatment, LAPP encourages clients to participate in 12-Step within the community.

In Ohio, 2.49 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility for illicit drug use, as of 2016. LAPP offers help for adolescents through three outpatient groups ranging in intensity.

The education group is a one-time group where participants receive education on alcohol and drug abuse. The Teen Intervention group meets for four weeks, providing basic education and change techniques for teens. Finally, the Teens Need Treatment group is a more intensive group for those with a substance abuse diagnosis. Similar to adult IOP, this group meets for two to four hours per week for about 26 weeks. The group follows The Matrix Model and includes relapse prevention and family education.

Finally, LAPP offers various community outreach programs, including employee assistance, drug-free workplace services, education groups, and a driver intervention program, which is a 72-hour residential program for first-time DUI and OVI offenders.


There is currently no additional information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff credentials, however, all substance abuse treatment centers in Ohio have continuing education requirements for staff.


At the time of this writing, there has been one alum polled by The individual gave mostly positive feedback on all evaluated metrics, rating the facility four out of five stars for the level of family participation, the center’s affordability, its counseling options, and the staff’s level of experience and training. The anonymous alum indicated, however, that the facility did not have high quality holistic offerings. The individual felt that the strength of the facility was the understanding and helpful staff.

Although reviews for this facility elsewhere online are scarce, two Google reviewers to date both gave the facility perfect five-star ratings.[1]


According to the facility’s website, fees for services are determined on a sliding scale based on household income and family size, and some residents of Licking County may qualify for free services. The facility accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances. The fee for the facility’s 72-hour Driver Intervention Program is $300 for the weekend.

[1] GoogleReviews

Reviews about Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

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  • understanding help and lessons were good. county funded and help from others