Prevention education teaches young people and their families about potential risk and protective factors, which may increase or decrease the likelihood that someone will use drugs or alcohol to begin with.
Examples of Risk Factors
A risk factor is something that can increase the likelihood of substance use disorder. Risk factors include:
- Family history of addiction
- Exposure to trauma
- Mental Health concerns
- Behavioral or impulse control problems
- Early initiation of drug use
- Environmental factors
- Availability of alcohol and drugs
- Academic failure
- Perceived risk of drug use
- Friends who use drugs
Examples of Protective Factors
A protective factor is something that can reduce the possibility of substance abuse. Protective factors include:
- Family attachment and bonding
- Parental engagement in child’s life
- Participation in prosocial activities with family, school and community
- Educational success
- Development of positive coping skills
- Positive modeling by parents/caregivers
Substance Misuse Prevention Services
Prevention education taught in the classroom is crucial to the development of healthy informed students. Twin County Recovery Services provides evidence-based programming, approved by NYS OASAS, and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration). These programs lay the groundwork for safe and drug-free living through age appropriate information and interactive activities of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, and making responsible decisions. Additional learning and development concepts include safe use of prescription and OTC medicines, maintaining self-control, managing anger, resolving conflict, and managing bully situations.
Twin County Recovery Services also provides Intervention Counselors in Greene County Schools, which has helped youth to improve their grades and build strong interpersonal relationships with teachers and classmates, which reduces or delays the onset of substance use and increases graduation rates.
The Tobacco Free Coalition of Columbia and Greene County is another Prevention Program utilized in both counties. The Tobacco Free Coalition collaborates with Twin County Recovery Services in delivering vaping presentations to Greene County residents of all ages.
Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition works collaboratively with these agencies and various community stakeholders to ensure that our young people are educated and informed on making healthy decisions and living safe and prosperous lives.