Teens, Drugs, Alcohol & Parties

 

 

The Harm Reduction Therapy Center offers outpatient therapy and treatment services to people interested in an alternative approach to addiction. Part of the larger public health harm reduction movement that includes needle exchange programs, safer sex education, and other interventions to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases, the goal of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center (HRTC) is to reduce the damage to individuals, families, and communities caused by drug and alcohol use. This may be achieved by changing, reducing, or eliminating drug and alcohol use.

 

National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website includes information from the latest research studies, a searchable database of resources along with treatment referral information.

National Institutes of Drug Abuse website contains excellent basic information about just about all drugs of abuse, including material on assessment, treatment and general education resources. See http://www.nida.nih.gov/parent-teacher.html for the parent/teacher section.

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides this on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator lists: private and public facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion by their State substance abuse agency and; treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense. SAMHSA endeavors to keep the Locator current. Their “model programs” list features treatment approaches that have been been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America, and have provided solid proof that they have prevented or reduced substance abuse and other related high-risk behaviors.

 

Dance Safe is a nonprofit, harm reduction organization promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community. This is a controversial organization but you should know about it, because most teenagers know about it and they’ve helped save a lot of lives. They train volunteers to be health educators and drug abuse prevention counselors within their own communities, utilizing the principles and methods of harm reduction and popular education.