We are a substance abuse prevention organization, and we believe young people are capable of making good decisions!


Learn more about this innovative, 24/7 mental health text help line now operational to more than 5 million people across the United States.
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Leave it to LEAD

If you need a substance abuse prevention program in your school or community, you can leave it to us! Learn about the many things we offer.
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Your voice matters, and you can take action! We need you to share your voice on both State and Federal legislative issues.
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Lake County Opioid Initiative

LEAD is a prominent member of the Lake County Opioid Initiative and has been involved in the development and creation of many of its forward-thinking models – namely Text-A-Tip and the A Way Out Program. Learn more.

A Way Out is a Lake County, Illinois Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion pilot program, designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. This program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at participating police departments across Lake County and ensures no criminal charges will be sought for those that may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program participant.
Text-A-Tip is an innovative, 24/7 mental health text help line now operational to more than 5 million people across the United States.  Click here to learn more.

Looking for Naloxone for your home, school or community? We can help! Contact us to learn more about our training and how we can get Naloxone to you.

Learn more about Naloxone here.

The Lake County Help mobile app was developed by LEAD and is intended for residents of Lake County, IL and surrounding communities. Included in this app is access to a 24/7 anonymous text crisis line (Text-A-Tip), access to the law enforcement assisted diversion drug treatment program (A Way Out), signs and symptoms of an overdose, and information about Naloxone (Narcan) and the Illinois Good Samaritan law.  Click here below to download the app via iTunes or Google Play

Come See Carly & Martina Perform in Support of LEAD!

We're really excited about this upcoming concert featuring Carly and Martina.  Our staff had an opportunity to meet Carly and Martina last week, and we could not have been more impressed.  Not only...
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“Working with High-Risk Adolescents” A Book Discussion with Matthew Selekman

LEAD and 360° Wellness and Coaching invite you to a book discussion with Matthew Selekman on Friday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. We will be discussing his new...
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A Note from the Executive Director – May 5, 2017

A Note from the Executive Director Dear Andy and Lisa,  HB0494 I wrote to you a couple weeks ago about a proposed state bill (HB0494) that is making its way through the House right now. As a quick...
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A Note from the Executive Director – April 18, 2017

CBS2 News Featuring LEAD Today at 5 p.m. As some of you may know, we are presenting a program twice today in Deerfield in conjunction with our friends at CTAD (Community the Anti-Drug) and the Lake...
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Alcohol Action Alert! LEAD Opposes HB0494. Don’t Expand Illinois’ Drinking Age.

Dear Friends, April is Alcohol Awareness Month, as as such, we must speak up about the harmful effects of alcohol on our country, with an urgent plea, specifically, for our state. Illinois is...
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Prevention Works!

Who Are We?  We are a drug prevention organization, and we believe that young people are capable of making good decisions.  Our programs and events are designed to support parents and teens build healthy relationships and find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol.  As our kids get older, we stop talking to them about actions that can harm them.  We at LEAD are asking you to #DiveIn.  It’s time for all of us to be part of the solution. Allow our talented team to work with your parents, students, youth and community to deliver resources that will help the young people you care about to live healthy lives and make good decisions!  Oh, and one more thing – we have a 29 year track record of delivering quality programs that effect community change!