Anne Arundel County, Maryland, believes that educating children and teens about the dangers of substance use and abuse is critical to reducing their risk of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Prevention programs have been shown to significantly reduce drug and alcohol use in teens and young adults, which is critical, especially when younger and younger children are beginning to experiment- with most recent estimates starting at age 13.
The Pathways Prevention Education Center
The Pathways Prevention Education Center, through the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, offers a range of evidence-based substance use prevention programs for schools and youth groups to give young people the knowledge they need to make better decisions.
Here are some of the programs offered in Anne Arundel to provide education on substance abuse to young people in the community.
Project ALERT is a classroom-based substance abuse and prevention program, geared towards 7th and 8th graders in local schools, and is provided free of charge. This program has been proven to reduce experimentation with drugs and alcohol, and uses a series of lessons that “motivates students against drug use/substance abuse, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they need to resist drugs”. On a national level, this program has led to a 60% reduction in marijuana use, 40% reduction in experimentation with cigarettes, 24% reduction in alcohol misuse, and 20% reduction in high-risk early drinkers.
Substance Abuse Prevention Community Presentations
The Pathways Prevention Education Center provides individual substance abuse prevention lessons that can be tailored for specific audiences and settings, including camps, after-school programs, assisted living homes, PTAs/PTOs/parent groups, community health events, town-hall meetings, health/wellness classes, and professional development.
Substance Abuse Awareness Campaigns
Pathways works with schools and local groups to coordinate nationally and state-recognized substance abuse prevention awareness campaigns for events such as Alcohol Awareness Month, Red Ribbon Week, and Tobacco Free Kids Week. Given recent funding cuts to many schools’ drug-free programs, this support by AAMC can provide invaluable support needed to organize and promote these events within the community.
Help is Here
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call the treatment professionals at Serenity Acres today for your free confidential assessment: 1-800-203-2024.