About 1/3 of U.S. citizens experience Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) in their lifetime and underage AU costs $61.9 billion annually.
Recent attempts to improve early screening and referral for prevention (SRP) of alcohol use (AU) and alcohol use disorders (AUD) during general practitioner check-ups, emergency room visits, and other medical services have been challenging, because they have not been efficacious; their dissemination and adoption by practitioners have been minimal; and they have failed to increase intervention enrollment over care-as-usual, which is 15% at best.
The program content and format of the Aware Program address the unique challenges that exist for providing adolescents with FASD the skills needed to control their feelings and behaviors in order to make healthy decisions. The Program includes four main topics, each representing the foundations of mindfulness (i.e., awareness of body, feelings, thoughts, and relationships). A randomized controlled trial was conducted in order to evaluate the efficacy of the Program.