DETOUR is an alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk for health problems and impairment problems.

A primary goal of Detour is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change.

Many people who attend a Detour program already show signs of alcohol- or drug-related health or impairment problems. Detour is designed to effectively interrupt the progression of use with these audiences. Detour’s intervention component focuses on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need for change. Intensive prevention services, counseling, or treatment may be necessary to support these changes. For those who already need treatment, the program serves as pre-treatment and support for abstinence.

Using a persuasion-based approach, instructors use a variety of delivery methods, including interactive presentation and small group discussion. Participants use workbooks throughout the course to complete a number of individual and group activities. Material is presented using a DVD platform with animation, full-motion video clips, and audio clips to enhance the learning experience.

Several themes run throughout Detour. The first is an emphasis on the reality that while all of us can influence another person's drinking choices to some degree, none of us can directly control those choices. Therefore, the program is designed to maximize the influence of helping professionals, instructors or family members.

Second, Detour uses PRIME For Life curriculum, which is based on objective, documented research findings, not opinion, exaggerations or scare tactics. Credibility (of program and instructor/counselor) is a key factor in initiating and maintaining behavior change. Instructors are trained to master the program to maximize program impact.

Third, Detour focuses on information that is needed to bring about behavior change. In fact, a casual observer might conclude that the program places too little emphasis on process and that there is too much information for the typical participant to remember. Participants are not expected to remember the details of the research cited. The content is only one of the tools used in the persuasion process. What participants will remember are the critical conclusions that come from hearing the information: Who can experience alcohol or drug problems? How do I estimate biological risk? How do I know what low risk is and how far have my alcohol and drug choices progressed? They remember the information they can use, even if some do not use it right away. The carefully selected, research-based information also provides the credibility needed to promote change.

The Your Choice staff are certified and trained to present the PRIME for Life Program. Each participant will receive a PRIME for Life Workbook and Certificate at the completion of the program.

Participants for this class should be under the age of 21 who have received an underage drinking ticket or possession of a controlled substance, in violation of an athletic code, are facing expulsion, or are interested in learning more about prevention. 

Parents - this is a great class for your child to attend if you are concerned he/she is experimenting with drugs or alcohol.


If you have been referred to take the Detour – Alcohol and Drug Awareness Lifestyle Risk Reduction Class, this is what you do:

1. Register online now for the next available class.

2. Pay the $175 course fee.
If you have a 1st time underage drinking ticket from Lake Country Municipal Court or Town of Brookfield Municipal Court, you will receive a refund of $95 once the ticket has been verified and the course is successfully completed. 

3. Complete the 12-hour Detour class.

4. At least one parent/guardian must attend a two-hour parent education session for participants under the age of 18.

5. After you have completed all the requirements of the class, the instructor will send out certificates of completion.

Upcoming Class Dates:

Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd - CLASS IS FULL
Friday - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday - 8:30am to 2:30pm
Class held at: 440 S. Lapham St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Parent Night: For under the age of 18, one parent is required to attend a parent night. At least one parent is required to attend ONE of two events:

1. Wednesday, February 27th - Playgrounds to Pills presentation at Mukwonago from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This event is open for parents and students. Please register at

2. Thursday, March 7th – Marijuana: A Community Conversation at the Waukesha Expo Center from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. This event is open for parents and students. Students are highly encouraged to attend this event. Please register at

Friday, March 15th & Saturday, March 16th
Friday - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday - 8:30am to 2:30pm
Class held at: 440 S. Lapham St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Parent Night: Monday, March 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm