Specialty Services


weapons-specialty-featureWeapons Deterrence For Youth

At the request of Luzerne County Juvenile Judge, Tina Polachek Gartley, the agency is developing a weapons deterrence program to work with juveniles that are court ordered to undergo a 4-6 hour program. These youngsters that will be referred have already violated weapons laws and/or have a fixation or are enamored with gun possession and use. …[Read More]


military-vets-specialty-featureMilitary Program for Veterans

WVADS, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has developed expertise in the treatment of military veterans, members, and their families. This unique offering utilizes trained agency clinicians who are familiar with the specific presenting problems of this population. These are America’s heroes, who, during their military service and duty, have, often times, been traumatized,…[Read More]

Physically and Developmentally DisabledPhysically and Developmentally Disabled

WVADS, Inc. has partnered with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Center For Independent Living (NEPACIL) to create a specialty treatment and prevention/education component. The clinical staff and prevention/education team of WVADS, Inc. have undergone extensive training and orientation to develop specific competencies in addressing the special needs of physically and developmentally disabled patients who access care at WVADS, Inc. Data from the…[Read More]

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Youth: Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide

WVADS, Inc. has developed and produced a new booklet entitled, “Youth; Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide”, which continues to be widely distributed throughout Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Both the clinical and prevention/education staff have undergone extensive training on this subject. Local school districts, in responding to 4 completed suicides in a one-week period of 2012, solicited the assistance of the agency in responding to these emergencies. Consultation, recommendations… [Read More]

Perinatal Program

Perinatal Program

What Does Perinatal Mean?
Perinatal means the period around childbirth, especially the five months before and one month after the birth; starting at the 20th to 28th week of pregnancy and ending 1-4 weeks after birth…[Read More]

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DUI Services

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF “FRIENDS OF SHARON”?

Prevent…injuries and loss of human life as a result of drivers who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol…. [Read More]

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

What is an EAP?
An employee assistance program is exactly what is says – an assistance program for employees. The Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc., in an effort to provide prompt, professional, ..[Read More]

Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty Program
Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty Program

In 2012, WVADS, Inc. developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty Program for treatment, as well as prevention/education. Phil Bauer, whose 17-year-old son, Mark, died of a prescription drug overdose one day prior to his high school graduation, was a major influence on the decision of the agency to begin such a program. His strong advocacy, conviction, and dedication to increasing awareness … [Read More]