Positively Negative

The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery has implemented an innovative new program designed specifically to meet the needs of the client that has had one or two incidents involving drugs or alcohol, but does not appear to have an abuse or dependence diagnosis. These clients are generally resistant to getting the help they need. This program does not label the client but, through the unique psychoeducational process, helps the client take an honest look at their use.

This program escapes the traditional lecture and video presentation format to offer both client interaction and documented results. In 23 hours, this program effectively addresses the problem of the employee that is an occasional or social user who has had at least one negative consequence as a result of their use.

Positively Negative works for adults by adhering to proven principles of learning. Each session engages, interacts, and produces important learning in participants

This psychoeducation actually changes attitudes towards the self and the risk of taking drugs or abusing alcohol.

Why does someone test positive on a drug test?
Why does someone drink to intoxication?
Dependency. Addiction, impulsive behavior. Positively Negative aims at those "positives"...

  • who chose the immediate gratification of getting high in spite of the risks
  • who reject connections drawn between mood­changer use and decreased safety.

Change in the likelihood of abusing drugs or alcohol requires changes in attitude and coping. Individuals must identify circumstances connected to their drug and alcohol use. They must learn basic skills of situation avoidance and drug refusal. The goal is for the individual to challenge certain commonplace thought and behavior patterns that might lead to use and to replace them with more constructive responses to surroundings.


  • MY SITUATION Exploration of influences (internal pressures, habit, culture, etc.), resistance to evaluation, compliance, drug testing. Effects of mood changers, abuse of alcohol or drugs.
  • MY THINKING The nature of problems, core beliefs, automatic thoughts, intellectualization, rationalization.
  • MY FEELINGS Emotional and attitudinal patterns, attributions. Defiant attitudes, challenging authorities and rules.
  • MY COPING Coping and change. Progression of use/abuse. Communication skills. Coaching and counseling.
  • SIMULATIONS Life problem situations, mood-changer situations.