What Can Your Community Do

Develop a treatment and counseling resource list.

Hold a community meeting where all identified resource people can meet.

Meet with substance abuse services and ask them to come to your campus on a weekly or monthly basis to be available to kids in crisis.

Encourage students to have at least one adult in your life that you trust who you can go to when you or a friend is in trouble.

If you have a resource officer or prevention specialist in your school, talk with them and tell them you want to help do something to send the anti-drug and alcohol message...volunteer to help.

Some schools have a SADD group. This group consists of students who do a special project every month during the school year to send anti-drug and alcohol messages and events.

Teachers can form an intervention team so they are not approaching parents alone, but with qualified substance abuse, health and counseling personnel.

Most communities are forming a parent support group. We are finding it is hard for parents to make the decision to get their children into treatment without the ongoing support of other parents. The substance abuse or counseling service in your area may be willing to help with this.

Keep track of what the Prevention Needs Assessment and Youth Risk Behavior Survey is tellong you. Talk to the experts in your area to see what it means.

If you want to know what is going on with your child, ask their best friend. They will usually tell you if you have developed a good rapport with them.


From Someone Who Loved Cassie