The Substance Use Prevention Program advances efforts to promote healthy behaviors and prevent substance misuse through a variety of evidence-based approaches including youth education, information dissemination, youth leadership involvement, and public awareness.
The Prevention Program also reaches out to the community by providing up to date information pertaining to substances and prevention of misuse during National Prevention Week, National Drug Take Back Day, and access to a resource guide of social services in the area. We believe that the best way to keep youth drug free is to give them the tools to never start in the first place. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
Substance Use Prevention Education
Substance use prevention education classes are provided in schools throughout the designated service area for Community Hope & Recovery Center which is Cass, Schuyler, and Brown counties. Too Good for Drugs is the evidence-based curriculum used for 6th and 7th grades, which are the vulnerable years where drug misuse often begins. The lessons focus on social and emotional skills, effects of a variety of drugs on physical and emotional health, and the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle. The goal is to reduce risk factors associated with a higher likelihood of developing a substance misuse problem and increase protective factors in youth to resist drug use.
Generation Rx is another classroom curriculum targeting high school students. These lessons are provided in response to the national opioid and prescription drug misuse crisis. Safe storage and disposal of these drugs as well as effects of misuse on the body are discussed.
Communication Campaigns are facilitated at the high school level and provide prevention messaging and hands-on activities for the students. Messages are distributed to students via poster placement throughout school buildings, bathroom stall readers, handouts, school announcements, social media, and games.
Youth Advisory Committee
We have a Youth Advisory Committee involving a group of teens who participate in decision-making and implementation for the high school Communication Campaigns as well as activities for National Prevention Week.