Substance Abuse PreventionWorking with Tribes to prevent substance abuse
ANTHC’s Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative works to prevent substance abuse and dependence in the communities we serve.
The Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative works in collaboration with Tribes and Tribal health organizations to prevent substance abuse and dependence in the communities we serve and encourage enhancement of healthy, supportive community environments.
Program strategies include supporting evidence-based practices, encouraging assessment and evaluation and funding support of local level efforts to promote substance abuse prevention or promote resiliency. Some specific efforts that the Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative supports include: safe medication disposal; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention; SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely) community based activities that focus on resilience and substance abuse prevention; placement of student interns from local universities and national agencies; and tobacco cessation services support.
A variety of trainings are available to Tribal health organizations and communities including:
Doorway to a Sacred Place – A two-day training that incorporates traditional wellness and healing strategies such as talking and teaching circles, hosted to address traumatic events or critical incidents in rural communities.
Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training – An interactive four-day training developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center designed to teach the entry-level prevention practitioners the fundamentals of substance abuse prevention.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences/Building Self-Healing Communities – The time needed for this can range from an hour to a day, depending on a communities needs or requests. Topics covered include: Brain Research and ACEs; Protective Systems and ACEs; Relating to Childhood Trauma; Individual and Community Protective Factors; Interrelationships among ACEs; and Mental and Physical well-being.