For young people who may have signs of increased risk for developing problems such as truancy issues or those already experimenting with some high-risk alcohol or drug choices, Anuvia offers early intervention programs.  Designed for youth involved with the criminal justice system or with the police department, Anuvia’s early intervention programs encourage young people to improve decision-making and communication skills, manage anger and conflicts, set goals, and abstain from alcohol and drugs.



Focus is a highly interactive, evidence-based intervention program for youth ages 13 to 17 cited or arrested for misdemeanor violations related to: alcohol and drugs, disorderly conduct, simple assault, resisting arrest, larceny, shoplifting, vandalism, or breaking and entering.

Focus consists of interactive lessons delivered across eight sessions that include group discussions, role-playing exercises, videos, and student worksheets.  In addition to the youth component, parents are responsible for full program attendance and participation in support of their youth. Parents are engaged in both collaborative and adult group discussion as well as exercises that support communication, effective discipline, and problem solving.

Program services are free of charge to individuals residing in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Upon referral, youth and their parents participate in a screening process and if determined eligible, are enrolled.


To register for a screening, please contact Anuvia’s Prevention Staff at 704.927.8868. When calling, please have your referral information in hand.

Focus screenings are conducted by appointment only and are held on Monday-Thursday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Screenings are held at:
Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center
100 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211


Focus classes are held at:
Wilmore Community Center
501 West Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203.

Once enrolled, youth will attend a total of eight sessions, twice per week, for four weeks. These are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.