Substance Abuse Prevention
Prevention programs have proven to be effective, but families and influential adults continue to play the most important role in determining how youth handle the lure of alcohol, cigarettes, misuse of prescription drugs, and illegal drugs.
This Website links to evidenced-based prevention and intervention programs and identifies the key features of substance abuse prevention and intervention programs.
To combat substance abuse, it is essential to establish cross-sector efforts to change the environment in which children and youth make choices about alcohol and other drugs. Combining school and community programming can get students the services they need and create lasting environmental change so that substance abuse is neither fostered nor accepted
Good Behavior Game (GBG)*
Good Behavior Game (GBG) is a classroom-based behavior management strategy for elementary school that teachers use along with a school's standard instructional curricula. GBG uses a classroom-wide game format with teams and rewards to socialize children to the role of student and reduce aggressive, disruptive classroom behavior, which is a risk factor for adolescent and adult illicit drug abuse, alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking, antisocial personality disorder, and violent and criminal behavior.
PALS: Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles
PALS: Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) prevention program primarily for middle school students. Goals of PALS include (1) lowering students' intentions to use ATOD, (2) increasing students' use of refusal skills, and (3) enhancing students' knowledge of the effects of ATOD, peer pressure and healthy decision making, and different learning styles.
Prevention Resource Centers in Texas provide information about substance use to the general community and help track substance use problems. They provide trainings, support community programs and tobacco prevention activities in many schools. They also connect people with community resources related to drug and alcohol use. A map on this HHSC Website provides links and contact information to the Centers.