Recognizing the importance of providing information and education to children, youth, adults and seniors regarding substance use disorders, our programs use proven methods to address or deter the onset of drug use. Studies have made it clear that drug education and prevention offers the best chance to address the potential for substance abuse. Research shows that alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are associated with specific aspects of the community, school/work, family environment, and individual characteristics.
Our prevention programs identify which risk factors may be present or more pronounced and which protective factors may not be present or are suppressed. Our programs target these specific factors. Our programs range from in home counseling for at risk families to school and community based programs focused on developing life skills, empowerment and parenting skills, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and self-monitoring blood alcohol levels to reduce risky behaviors.
Our prevention programming models are nationally recognized and have been specifically developed to address the specific needs of children, youth, young adults, and seniors. Please contact us with any questions regarding specific programming or eligibility requirements.
Children (Ages 5-12)
Our program counselors help families set rules and goals that are achievable by providing case management and counseling in the home, at school, and in the community.
Youth (Ages 12-17)
Our programs provide youth the skills to resist peer pressure, develop a positive self-image, make decisions and solve problems, manage anxiety, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, and handle social situations with confidence is the focus of the prevention programming used for this age group. Counselors use various case management and program curriculum providing services throughout the County in locations including the public and Alternative Schools as well as in the home and community centers.
Young Adult (Ages 18-22)
Our programs provide area high school college-bound seniors and college freshmen information regarding making safer choices regarding alcohol and other substances. Specific information regarding understanding and monitoring blood alcohol levels is also provided on local college campuses.
Adults (Ages 22-54)
Our programs provide education to adults and parents regarding the risks of alcohol and other drug use and how/where to access services for substance abuse in the home, community, and community.
Senior Adult (Ages 55 and older):
Our programs are coordinated through local agencies and provide services on specific topics including Coping with Lifes Transitions, Using Medications Wisely and Keeping a Healthy Outlook on Life.
Prevention Partnership Grants:
Through the award of two Prevention Partnership Grants, DACCO works with community partners by using effective substance abuse prevention programs and strategies to address underage drinking. These programs are designed to reduce the associated negative consequences of underage drinking by providing education and information with a goal to
decrease the high number of alcohol related crashes being reported for Hillsborough County. Initiatives are currently underway in local middle schools in Hillsborough County and on the University of Tampa, University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College campuses.
Watch Your BAC:
Offered on local college campuses this program focuses on addressing high risk binge drinking and its negative consequences by providing educational as well as information and referral services for students, parents and community members. Using innovative strategies, including the Watch your BAC, websites, print media and a referral phone line, the partners involved in this program provide students, their parents and the larger community access to information stressing the importance of understanding the effects of alcohol consumption by providing information on how to monitor blood alcohol concentration.
Be the Wall:
A social marketing campaign designed specifically for parents to support and educate them regarding ways to talk and interact with their teenagers regarding alcohol use. Since a teenagers brain is still developing into their mid 20′s they often tend to act and be more rebellious. Even though they act as though they aren’t listening, they are listening to everything that you as an adult says. As a parent, guardian, grandparent, relative you have to “Be the Wall” between kids and alcohol. Be firm, be clear, be consistent, be the wall!
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