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Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence (YDAD)

Involved in alternative sentencing options for more than 45 years, OneOC implemented YDAD in 1988 with the help of concerned doctors, hospitals, law enforcement, and the courts.  Over 5,000 participants have successfully completed this course.  This model program has been showcased in television newscasts and replicated in many U.S. cities.

YDAD helps young people learn from others’ mistakes rather than making their own over and over.  YDAD offers participants unique insights into the effects of alcohol and drugs on their lives, and shows participants real-life consequences of their choices.

The national recidivism rate for first and second-time DUI offenders who do not go through YDAD or a comparable program is over 35%; meaning, over 35% re-offend within a twelve month period of time.  The current recidivism rate for YDAD graduates is only 1.4% — a figure that has held steady over the past five years.

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

YDAD Program Elements:

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.

Coroner’s Visit

An Orange County coroner 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.

Trauma Visit

Participants meet at a local trauma center.  In four hours, participants may see patients arrive who were involved in an alcohol-related incident, listen to experts from the trauma unit, see videos about the effects of alcohol and drugs, and tour hospital departments.


Every participant is assigned a 1,000 word essay in which to reflect on what was learned and what impact YDAD will have on their lives.  Additional components continue to be developed to meet individual needs.

Excerpts from YDAD Participants’ Essays

“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.”

“I was no longer afraid for myself because I have the solid clear mindset that I will never drink and drive again.  What I am afraid of now is for all the people in my life.  Maybe they are not clear of what can happen if you drink and drive.  I wouldn’t want to see anyone that I know and love to end up as another body on the operating table waiting to die.  I cannot physically stop people from drinking and driving all I can do is share my story with them and hope they listen.”

Location, Hours and Contact

You can register at any of our OneOC offices, located in each of the OC court houses and a main office in Santa Ana.  The times and locations of each of the offices is below.  Please arrive before noon or one hour before closing if you are registering, no exceptions.  ALL offices are closed for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We accept cash or ATM debit only and be sure to bring exact cash when registering.

Please note that all offices will be closed on the following holidays:

January 1
*January 20 (Santa Ana Main Office only is open)
*February 12 (Santa Ana Main Office only is open)
* February 17 (Santa Ana Main Office only is open)
* March 31 (Santa Ana Main Office only is open)
May 26
July 4
September 1
*October 13 (Santa Ana Main Office only is open)
November 11
November 27
November 28
December 25

*The Santa Ana Main Office is open on the above noted dates.


Main Office
1901 E. 4th St., Suite 180
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-953-5597/ fax: 714-953-1116
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-11:00am

Central Office

700 W. Civic Center Dr. Window 17 (First Floor across from Criminal & Traffic)
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Harbor Office
4601 Jamboree Rd, Suite #213
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm

North Office
1275 N. Berkeley Ave., #430
Fullerton, CA 92832
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm

West Office
8141 13th Street Department F123
Westminster, CA 92683
M-F 8:30am-11:30am – 1:00pm-3:00pm