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Substance Abuse National Services - Government-Operated Programs in the USA

Drug prevention and education are all about helping people stay away from drugs and alcohol and educating people to help them make the right choices surrounding drugs and alcohol. Drug prevention and education programs operate on all levels of government, federally, state, and locally, along with the private and public sector programs. Some of the more federally recognized drug prevention and education programs in the United States often operate through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is a United States federal government research institute. The mission of NIDA is to help lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse responds to emerging drug abuse trends, along with working to understand how drugs work in the brain and developing new treatment and prevention services. Along with developing new and approved treatments to help people with substance abuse disorders, NIDA does develop improved strategies to prevent drug use and its consequences.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is continually working with community leaders throughout the United States, to push forward advances in drug prevention science. The prevention research program within NIDA focusses on risks for drug abuse and other problem behaviors that could develop early on in childhood and through young adult hood. Programs for families, such as Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse, helps parents develop the parenting skills to prevent the initiation and progression of drug use among children and adolescents. Numerous publications can be accessed through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, such as Drug Facts, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents, Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood, and Community Monitoring Systems. The website is extensive and does provide useful and helpful information for anyone searching for effective preventative measure surrounding substance abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services operates the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which does provide prevention and early intervention strategies to help reduce the impact of substance abuse disorders in the United States. SAMHSA provides prevention approaches to help people develop the knowledge and skills; they need to make good choices or change dangerous and harmful behaviors. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also partners with the Departments of Education and Justice to help increase awareness and connect people with the right services they need. SAMHSA is also able to refer people looking for help, as it does provide an extensive directory of available drug rehab services across the country. Other federally funded programs such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism primarily focus on reducing alcohol-related problems through prevention and education, along with other resources. It offers useful information for alcohol prevention programs, and support resources for people looking for help. The Office of National Drug Control Policy does help to reduce drug use and its consequences and is a component of the Executive Office of the president and was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. Each year through The Office of National Drug Control Policy, a National Drug Control Strategy is produced, which does outline efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking of drugs, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Through the U.S. Department of Education, there is the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, which was formerly the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and does help implement drug prevention programs. This organization through the U.S. Department of Education does help provide financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities that does promote the health and well-being of students at various levels of school throughout the United States. With the current opioid epidemic within the United States, the U.S. Department of Education is working to combat the opioid crisis, and help protect schools, students and their families. The current program to help combat the opioid crisis is designed to help educate students, families, and educators about the dangers of opioid misuse, and help prevent and overcome opioid addiction. Along with this, the programs are supporting state and local education efforts to help prevent and reduce opioid misuse. A great deal of information can be accessed through the U.S. Department of Education to help answer questions about drug prevention and education, and what is being done on a federal level within the United States.

Here is a list of the different national services for drug & alcohol abuse provided by government-operated programs that are available across the United States. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our counselors at 1-800-304-2219.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.