Prevention efforts are the first line of defense against harmful or risky substance use. Using evidence-based programs and techniques we can effectively enhance protective factors and reduce or remove risk factors. Below are resources for you to learn more about positive parenting practices, available support systems, educational tools, and opportunities for engaging in drug-free, community oriented programs.
6 Parenting Practices - 6 practices that will help you reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.
A Focus on Heroin & Opioids: From Understanding to Action - Information to understand the opioid epidemic and how to take action.
Find Al-Anon - Al-Anon is a network of support groups for friends and families of problem drinkers. This link provides information on how to tell if someone’s problem drinking is affecting you and resources available for support.
Find Alateen - Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to share experiences, strength, and hope with each other, discuss difficulties learn effective ways to cope with problems, encourage one another, help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program, learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions.
How to Connect with Your Kids - Teens say that parents are the most important influence when it comes to drugs and alcohol. This link provides information for parents on how to bond with your teenagers as well as 8 ways to talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol.
Join a Community Anti-Drug Coalition - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is the leading substance abuse prevention organization, representing over 5,000 community-based coalitions across the United States and in 22 countries who work to create safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. CADCA’s Membership Department is ready and able to connect you with our coalition network which reaches into every U.S. state and territory.
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Prevention - Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and Online Toolkit for Community Leaders - CADCA’s online prescription drug abuse prevention toolkit introduces facts, strategies, and tools to prevent and reduce teen prescription drug abuse in your communities.
SAMHSA - Parent Resources - Underage Drinking - Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age.
Teen engagement - Resources to help teens live “Above the Influence” and learn the facts about drugs and alcohol.
The Medicine Abuse Project - The Medicine Abuse Project website includes information about prevention of prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse. It provides information about how to dispose of medicine and how to safeguard the medicine in your home, as well as lists medicine abuse facts and includes comprehensive information about the most abused prescription drugs.
The Parent Toolkit - Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising through his ’20s -- here are tips to help guide him toward a healthy life at every age!
The Teen Brain - Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.
SAMSHA Treatment Referral Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Project (LBGTQ)
Drug-Free Workplace Help
The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline
National Help Line for Substance Abuse