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Prime Solutions

Prime For Life moves people.
Prime Solutions takes them further.


What is Prime Solutions ?

Prime Solutions® is a “flexibly standardized” approach to treatment.

It provides flexibility for counselors to meet the varied needs of clients, along with the standardization state and local agencies require to ensure quality.

Consistent with Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Transtheoretical Model of Change, all 20 session topics are designed for easy integration with Twelve-Step involvement and enriched with carefully developed media.


Who Is It For?

People who make high-risk choices around alcohol and drugs progress toward their trigger point for addiction. Some people get close to it, or even go beyond. Prime Solutions is designed for these people.

Developed in collaboration with several leading addiction experts, Prime Solutions is a treatment program to help clients diagnosed with a substance use disorder. 

Since Prime Solutions is protocol-driven, it takes the guesswork out of what is next, yet also allows for creative adaptation to meet the needs of any session, group or individual. 

  • Individual or group
  • Open or closed
  • Inpatient, residential or outpatient
  • English or Spanish

How Does It Work?

For Counselors
For Clients

Get started with engaging training where you will learn to: 

  • Use a non-confrontational approach to treatment that allows clients to maximize their motivation to make changes. 
  • Inspire clients to look at their beliefs and help them gain lifetime skills for dealing with craving and temptation.
  • Maintain treatment focus in each session without excessive drift to other issues while maintaining rapport with clients. 

We meet clients where they currently are.*  Each client is unique. Instead of pushing your client through a "one-size-fits-all" program, meet clients where they are by tailoring Prime Solutions® to their current stage of change. 

*Clients do not need Prime For Life® before entering Prime Solutions, but many benefit from it as a pretreatment experience, working through the first three Stages of Change as laid out in the Transtheoretical Model.

Access to state-of-the-art online development tools and resources—anywhere, anytime, review it all!

Clients, guided by the counselor, the workbook and the video-based discussion modules: 

  • Learn how to reduce risks. 
  • Develop low-risk beliefs and clear standards. 
  • Gain skills to manage cravings and temptations. 

A secure online manual filled with:

  • Engaging, media-enriched, evidence-derived session content 
  • Extensive topic-specific training to help implement sessions in a way consistent with evidence-based practices
  • Capabilities to highlight and note for later use

Clients get more out of each session. Counselors present materials that promote focus on and reduce drift away from important topics, increasing the level of information that works toward promoting behavioral change. 

Expert insights on the following (and more!): 

  • The Transtheoretical Model with Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD 
  • Motivational Interviewing with William Miller, PhD 
  • Motivational Interviewing with Theresa Moyers, PhD 
  • Craving with Anna Rose Childress, PhD 
  • 12-Step Research with Scott Tonigan, PhD 
  • ASAM Placement with Gerald Shulman, MA 
  • Contingency Management with Nancy Petry, PhD 
  • Spirituality in Recovery with Ernie Kurtz, PhD 
  • Addiction and the Brain with Allan Barger, MA 

Clients feel safe and open to treatment. Because a judgmental or controlling approach is a barrier to change, Prime Solutions does not moralize or dictate certain behaviors. By using a non-confrontational counseling approach, your clients: 

  • Are more receptive to the treatment process as they gain lifetime skills for dealing with craving and temptation. 
  • Experience less resistance. 
  • Have higher motivation to make behavioral changes. 
  • Have increased trust and confidence in you to facilitate their own processes of change. 


Prime Solutions is an evidence-derived program, meaning the program is built on evidence-based practices. PRI is in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of Prime Solutions, but there are already positive outcomes available!

Can't say enough good about Motivational Interviewing and Prime For Life. Prime Solutions is some of the best material I've ever seen.


Get Started

Want to learn more about implementing Prime Solutions in your practice?

Email our Training & Development Manager or call us at 1-800-922-9489.