Standard Practices and Beliefs as they relate to Alcohol Misuse and Abuse
Prevention is a Continuum – Prevention extends from deterring diseases and behaviors that contribute to them to slowing the onset and severity of illnesses when they do arise.
Prevention is Prevention is Prevention – The mechanisms of prevention are the same whether the target is on changing social, environmental or biological factors for many diseases.
Successful Prevention Decreases Risk Factors and Enhances Protective Factors – The same risk factors affect many health issues – from depression and substance use to heart disease and diabetes. Other factors can protect against these health problems. The goal: to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors that can compromise health.
Prevention Requires Adoption of Known Effective Prevention Practices Within a Framework That Works – Research and experience have produced highly effective prevention programs to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors.
Systems of Prevention Services Work Better Than Service Silos – The best prevention results from partnerships; without collaboration, even the best prevention efforts will not leverage collective resources and can miss achieving their potential.
Common Data Sets Across Service Systems Can Help Asses Prevention Efficacy and Promote Accountability – Solid evaluation can help assess programs effectiveness and the value of engagement across service systems.
Recognizes the importance of States and communities- Coordinating funding and developing infrastructure.
Comprehensively address Substance Abuse - Through multiple strategies across multiple sectors with both the public and private sector resources.
Core Prevention in Wyoming Implements SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to:
-- Prevent onset and reduce progression of substance abuse;
-- Reduce substance abuse problems in communities;
-- Build State and community prevention capacity and infrastructure; and
-- Encourage and require the use of Epidemiological Workgroups at the State and Community level.
-- Places an emphasis on Underage Drinking
Click here for a copy of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Substance Abuse Prevention - Executive Summary (PDF, 137k).
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Needs Assessment by County