Substance Use Prevention
Our Substance Use Prevention programs promote and implement strategies to reduce the likelihood of substance misuse in our communities.
Some prevention strategies we implement are designed to help individuals develop the intentions and skills that maintain healthy choices and lifestyles. Others focus on creating environments that support healthy behavior.
Environmental strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems, and policies. We work with schools, businesses, and organizations on policies that promote healthy living.The best outcomes are achieved when these approaches are used together. We combine these approaches with the goals to both delay the onset of use and reduce the misuse of substances.
Organizing, planning, and networking strengthen the community’s ability to deliver effective prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders. We provide ongoing opportunities for networking activities and technical assistance to community groups and agencies.
Traumatic and toxic stressors in childhood can lead to maladaptive coping mechanisms, including substance use disorders. Resilience refers to the ability of an individual, family, and community to cope with adversity and trauma in positive ways.
Our substance use prevention specialists can provide education about our efforts, our local data, and conditions that contribute to substance use.
The best outcomes are achieved when these approaches are used together. We combine these approaches with the goals to both delay the onset of use and reduce the misuse of substances.