There are prevention programs in every state providing facts, education and help concerning substance use and chemical addiction. For the next couple weeks we will be focusing on states and their prevention services that helps to educate their children, young people, and adults.
Hopefully if enough people listen, become educated, start educating their children early, set good examples, get help for their own substance use problems and help others, someday there won't be
- Babies born addicted
- Adolescents and teens using drugs, drinking alcohol, or huffing chemicals
- Meth labs in our communities destroying lives and the environment
- Mental illness and disorders due to chemical dependenty
- Drug and alcohol related overdoses
- Drug and alcohol related traffic injuries and deaths
- Drug related violence
Substance abuse is one of the biggest problems today throughout the United States and it affects each and every one of us in one way or another. Illicit drugs, alcohol and prescription drug use for non-medical reasons not only affects our adolescents and teens, it affects young and older adults too. The earlier we get the straight facts out to the younger generation, the better there chances are of
- Avoiding negative peer pressure
- Making positive choices associated with substance use
- Not becoming mentally and physically dependent on drugs and alcohol
- Not having to suffer from the mental, emotional and physical risks associated with substance use
Prevention programs and strategies can't do it all, parents and caregivers have to do their part also. Many young children see parents, siblings, relatives, neighbors or friends abuse alcohol and other substances. All the prevention programs in the world is not enough to impact a child if they see loved ones or friends at an early age use drugs to get high or drink alcohol excessively and carelessly.
All states have substance abuse prevention programs in place to educate young people and adults about the serious dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction. Educating our children and young people can't just be left up to our government and teachers, it has to start at home before our children even go to school.
There are thousands of children born every year throughout the United States that are addicted at birth, I guarantee you it takes more than a prevention program to help these children understand addiction and how to avoid it. It's important that adolescents, teens and young adults understand just how serious illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, alcohol and huffing is to not only protect them but an innocent child that's miraculously brought into this world. So we all have to do our part but it has to start at home in the childs early years first with what they see and hear way before they go to school.
ASAP is Alabama's Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention which is an extensive substance abuse prevention and early intervention agency. Their services are intended to educate their children, parents and the communities about the serious dangers associated with substance abuse.
Clearing House is part of Alabama's Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention that provides drug information like free booklets and pamplets, on loan audio visual, and also referral services. They also have consultation services for organizations, businesses or schools. They have a senior citizen drug awareness program that's very educational and informative. They provide employee drug free workplace training, stress management for parenting and adult life skills training also.
Cooper Care is another prevention service through Alabama's ASAP substance abuse program. Cooper Care offers an after school Academic Tutorial Program and Summer Day Program. Their community awareness programs are Prevention Workshops, Awareness Presentations and Youth Peer Support Team. They also do referrals for affected individuals and their families for treatment programs and support groups.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Grant Program
SPFSIG is Alaska's Stretigic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant will be used to; prevent the onset and reduce progression of substance abuse which includes childhood and underage drinking. Reduce substance abuse related problems in their communities and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the State/Tribal and community levels.
Alaska's Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Alcohol and Drug Information School
ADIS is Alaska's Educational Intervention Program for first time DWI and minor alcohol consuming offenders as well as individuals convicted of other alcohol or drug related offenses as long as the person isn't diagnosed as a substance abuser. The ADIS program educates individuals about the effects alcohol and other drugs have on driving and social behaviors as well as health and legal consequences.
The adult or youth ADIS program uses the same core curriculum which combines the most current research in early intervention and prevention. The adult ADIS programs are for adults 19 years and older. The youth program is called Prime For Life-Under 21 was designed by PRI which stands for Prevention Research Institute, is for those between the ages of 14 and under the age of 21.
F.I.R.S.T. Is a program in Arizone that stands for Families in Recovery Succeeding Together. This program helps parents address substance abuse issues that affect their ability to care appropriately for their children or to get and kekep a job. F.I.R.S.T. Gives families the opportunity to overcome the barrier of substance abuse so they can reach outcomes of permanency for their children, family reunification and self sufficiency.
ASAP serves as the single statewide council on substance abuse prevention, enforcement and treatment in Arizona. Their mission is to ensure community driven, agency supported outcomes to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by building and sustaining partnerships between prevention, treatment and enforcement.
OADAP stands for Arkansas Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention which promotes healthy and safe lifestyles free of the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal and legal drugs. OADAP facilitates alcohol and other drug awareness events scheduled throughout the year. Some of their events include presentations, newspaper ads, health fairs, conference booths, workshops and highlights at state or national awareness Campaign, Alcohol Awareness Mongh among others.
ADP is California's Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, ADP is responsible for administering prevention, treatment and recovery services for alcohol and drug abuse and problem gambling.
GPAC works to coordinate the State's strategic efforts to achieve measurable reductions in the incidence and prevalence of the inappropriate use of alcohol and other drugs by youth and adults.
SDFSC stands for Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, this program is the federal government's main source for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use and violence through education and prevention activities in the nation's schools and communities.