Prevention – How it Worksadminis2020-04-30T14:41:16+00:00
Serenity Impact Youth Prevention Program
Abilene, TX | Fredericksburg, TX
“Keep them from jumping in upstream, and you won’t have to fish them out downstream.”
Although treatment is available, one of the most important ways to prevent treatment is preventing an addiction. By spreading the message to today’s youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction, we hope that we can empower them to set goals, make healthy choices, resist peer pressure, and prevent many of them from becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol in the first place.
So how does it work? We seek to curb the abuse of drugs and alcohol through the six domains of prevention:
1. Information Dissemination You may see an Impact booth set up at community events, as we try to inform the community about drug and alcohol addiction. We offer informational brochures that equip people with the real facts about drugs and alcohol, the dangers of addiction, and the special issues facing our youth. If you would like us to set up a booth at your event, contact us.
2. Prevention Education Education is one of the most important elements to prevention. Our prevention specialists visit classrooms all over West Texas, implementing the Too Good For Drugs curriculum. Learn more about Prevention Education.
3. Alternatives (Community Activities) We are committed to providing safe, fun, drug- and alcohol-free activities for the youth in our area. Young teens need opportunities to be with each other and with positive role models, outside of the school environment. We have hosted poetry slams, poster contests, Christmas parties, and more. Learn more about Community Activities.
4. Environmental Strategies Environmental strategies promote policy changes that can have far-reaching effects in the community. This can include stricter age limits or enforcement for drug and alcohol use, as well as a host of other policies. These strategies require strong societal commitment, but once enacted, they need little individual effort from the beneficiaries.
5. Community-Based Process Prevention can’t just be accomplished in a classroom setting; it continues outside of the classroom and into the community. It should be reinforced at home and throughout the community, which is why we organize community coalitions that focus on expanding community resources for prevention. Learn more about Coalition Building.
6. Problem Identification and Referral We provide education and individual attention for students who could potentially abuse drugs or alcohol. For 9th-12th grade students who fit this description, we implement Project Towards No Drugs, which seeks to reverse drug and alcohol abuse through education among at-risk teens.
Call us today to learn more about addiction, and how you can help us prevent it.