Alcohol and Drug Education Group

The program of instruction is designed to reach those individuals who have non-driving A&D convictions in order to help them understand the personal impact of substances on their futures and to give them an opportunity to begin a process of making healthy low-risk choices for their lives.

ETHRA will charge each referred client $100 for the class.  We will follow all extant policies and procedures between the courts and ETHRA.

This six-hour educational program is facilitated by Dr. Mike Womack, a Public Health Educator with credentials in Alcohol and Drug Prevention. He is a former professor at ETSU, lecturing in Public Health.  He is the Executive Director of a drug and alcohol non-profit that attempts to prevent youth on-set of drug lifestyles.  He is contracted with the Health Department to teach Tobacco Prevention to middle school youth in his county.  He is a veteran DUI (Prime for Life Certified) instructor, currently contracted through ETHRA. 

The class is styled after the Prime for Life DUI instruction.  Dr. Womack brings his years of experience and up-to-date evidence based materials to the classroom.  He has developed four interactive lectures of 90 minutes each.  The classes are scheduled on Thursdays in ETHRA offices.  Each class will run from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.  Class will break for lunch.

Contact Sherry Gwyn at or 865-659-5182.

The 4 interactive lectures are:

1.       Specific Drug Issues of the 21st Century, using the title:  “The World’s Most Dangerous Drugs”.   Emphasis is on the current Rx epidemic in East Tennessee and trends towards heroin use.  The science of addiction is addressed as well as information as to the impact of abuse for the user’s future success in life. Meth, cocaine, and synthetics will be discussed as well.  Legal matters are also addressed.

2.       Specific Alcohol Issues Every Day, using the title:  “Binge Drinking and Brain Damage”.  Emphasis is on the definitions of usage patterns as well as careful distinctions between intoxication and impairment.  A sobriety model is examined in detail.

3.       Specific Marijuana Issues for today and tomorrow, using the title:  “But it’s Only Weed”.   Emphasis is placed on the latest and most relevant major university studies on the impact of THC on the human brain, with specific attention to patterns of mood and anxiety disorders for regular users.  Personal and public health, as well as personal and public safety issues are addressed.

4.       Specific Decision Making Techniques, using the title:  “The Seven Tools Necessary for Making a Quality Decision in Life”.  These tools were developed by Dr. Womack and have been utilized throughout his 3 decades of pastoral ministry and counseling as well as his A&D work.  Referral phone numbers will be provided for AA, The Tennessee REDLINE, the Crisis Hot Line, and the Tobacco quit line.