The Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County is the leader for prevention in our community. We utilize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) strategic prevention framework and implement evidence-based prevention strategies. We follow the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) prevention principles in our plan and delivery of prevention in Indian River County. We offer prevention programming aimed at increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors at the individual, family, school, and community levels. We do this through a layered approach to prevention, including:
Substance Awareness Center’s Re-Direct Training goals include:
- Delay the mean age of on-set of first substance use (the earlier the first use, the greater the risk for developing addiction).
- Increase the practice of healthy coping/social skills of program participants by 50%.
- Decrease or at minimum maintain the past 30 day trend of substance use by Indian River County Re-Direct participants. Trends are derived from the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.
We believe that achieving the above goals will decrease Re-Direct participants risk for substance use and its devastating effects (physically, emotionally and socially), as well as, prepare students cognitively with the essential skills needed in dealing with many stressful life situations.