Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence (YDAD)

Involved in alternative sentencing options for more than 30 years, OneOC implemented YDAD in 1986 with the help of concerned doctors, hospitals, law enforcement, and the courts. Over 45,000 participants have successfully completed this course. This model program has been showcased in television newscasts and replicated in many counties across the US. It is available to both youth and adults in two program options.

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Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence helps participants learn from the mistakes of others rather than making their own over and over again. YDAD offers participants unique insights into the effects of alcohol and drugs on their lives, and shows them the real-life consequences of their choices. The curriculum is comprised of 4 components, 3 classes; Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Sheriff Coroner Morgue presentation, a visit to a local hospital trauma unit at night and an 1,000 word essay. Classes are held year round every month.

The community has experienced a reduction in DUI accidents, arrests and re-arrests, fatalities and ER visits. Since its inception, YDAD has been instrumental in reducing the recidivism rate from over 35% down to 1.4%. Orange County has experienced a 21% drop in drivers age 21 and up involved in drug and alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes and a 22% drop among drivers 15-20. YDAD saves lives.

Anyone can sign up and participate in YDAD without a court order; parent/guardian referrals and self-referrals are welcome.


The Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence Program addresses the following topics and issues:
  1. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  2. Alcohol use and abuse
  3. Marijuana use
  4. Over the counter and Rx Prescription drugs
  5. Other drugs use and  abuse
  6. Addiction
  7. Reckless Driving
  8. Texting and Driving
  9. Social Responsibility
  10. Laws, legal process and probation
  11. Resources and References
  12. How to make better choices


Drug and Alcohol Awareness Class

Participants will be presented with hard hitting statistics and  hear stories from individuals whose lives were changed because of alcohol and drug use. They experience different levels of intoxication using simulation goggles.  They learn from peers about the legal, financial, and health effects of drugs and alcohol.  They learn how to create safe practices for the future.


Sheriff Coroner Morgue Class

An Los Angeles County Sheriff Coroner presents a series a recent accidents as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, explains the physical effects of alcohol and drug use..  The vivid examples of the short- and long-term effects on the body are something that is rarely seen or talked about.


Hospital Trauma Unit Visit

Participants meet at a local area hospital trauma unit..  In four hours, participants may see patients arrive who were involved in an alcohol and/or drug related incident, listen to experts from the trauma unit lecture on the physical and mental effects of alcohol and drug use as well as what they witness in their day to day jobs. Participants will see first hand how patients are treated with life saving procedures and tour various hospital patient rooms and departments.

I learned a lot from the YDAD program that I never learned even in rehab.  I had always ignored any sign that I had a problem but this made me want to change myself, even if I had barely any problem at all, it was still a problem, and I realized how much I really love life and everyone around me.  Nothing at all is worth losing the life I love so dearly.  If it weren’t for the YDAD program I would not have made such a positive change in my life today.

 Commonly Asked Questions

How do I register?

You can register at any of our OneOC offices, located in each of the OC court houses and a main office in Santa Ana. Click here for locations, hours and contact information.

Click here to download YDAD Registration Form (English)

Click here to download YDAD Registration Form (Spanish)

Can I transfer my service to another area?
Can I transfer my service to another area?

YES, however YDAD can only be transferred to LA or Orange County areas. If you would like to do that without coming to the office you must first contact us to obtain the transfer fee at (714) 953-5597 or via email at


1. Contact OneOC to obtain the fee to transfer your service

2. Download the transfer form on our website and fill out both front and back of the form and sign the form

Transfer Form (English)

Transfer Form (Spanish)

3. You may email or fax the completed transfer form and a copy of your court order to or fax# (714) 953-1116

4. Tell us where you wish to transfer your service, include city, county and state. Be sure to provide us with a good contact phone number and email address so we can contact you.

5. OneOC will email you a Paypal link to pay your transfer fee online simply copy and paste the link to your web browser to make a payment. Remember to input your name and case number in the memo field.

If you are transferring your service out of state download these additional instructions and read carefully, there are several additional steps you will need to do to transfer your service out of state.


1901 East 4th Street #180

Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 953-5597

(714) 953-1116