Preventing Drug Use at Indiana College Using Prevention Resource Center

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Drug addiction costs the United States upwards of $600 million a year. Families affected by drug addiction can suffer consequences that are never reconciled. The generations of children that are being raised in this country are constantly being exposed to more and more information and events that are beyond their emotion, mental and physical capabilities. The rise in drug abuse and addiction are one part of that problem. The goal of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to help the public understand addiction and better prepare them to teach their children techniques and information to educate them on drug abuse prevention. This information on drug abuse prevention is especially helpful for the throngs of new college students that are leaving the safety of their families nest. College has grown to be a time of substance abuse, experimentation and addiction. It is currently understood that drug abuse and experimentation is simply a rite of passage for college students. Institutions must do a better job at educating and monitoring college students to prevent them from developing an addiction.

Prevention Programs

Prevention programs are great ways for individuals, families, schools, and communities can prevent drug addiction. Family programs work on the family unit to help prepare parents to be better guidance. School programs can be designed to interfere as early as preschool to address and higher risk factors. These programs can be adjusted to work for middle and secondary level schools as well. Community programs can be developed similarly to address high populations by combining family-based and school-based programs.

Family Programs

Family based programs are installed to increase family bonding and relationships, as well as parenting skills. These programs aim to practice in developing, discussing, and enforcing family policies on substance abuse and educating them on drug education and information. Family bonding is the essential base of a good parent/child relationship. It can be strengthened by training the parent on proper child support, communication, and involvement. The drug education that caregivers receive mirrors what children are already learning in terms of the dangers of drug use. Short family interventions can help to prevent or stop any behaviors that can lead to high-risk dangers in the future.

School Programs

School programs can be implemented as early as preschool and work to address risk factors for drug abuse like aggressive behavior, poor social skills, and academic difficulties. At the elementary level the program focuses on self-control, emotional awareness, communication, social problem-solving and academic support. At the middle through high school programs focus on study habits and academic support, communication, peer relationships, self-efficacy and assertiveness, drug resistance skills, reinforcement of anti-drug attitudes, and strengthening of personal commitments against drug abuse.

Community Programs

Community programs focus on educating transitioning areas of the population like moving on to middle school. The program focuses on an entire area, instead of signaling out a high risk group, which reduces labeling or prejudice. This method allows for bonding in school and among the community. These programs function at their peak when they involve both family and school based programs. The community prevention model attempts to reach all population through schools, clubs, faith-based organizations, and media.

Indiana is currently going through the worst case of drug addiction and related disasters it has ever seen. By utilizing these drug prevention programs it can begin to turn back the disasters drugs have caused. The prevention resource center can be a powerful tool in Indiana colleges. It will not only help reduce drug addiction on campus, but can encourage college students to reach out in the neighboring communities to help spread the information.



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