Preventing Drug Use And Promoting Health Behaviors

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The universal type of program is directed towards everyone and is rather comprehensive as it involves all the various aspects of one’s social environment. An example of this is the PROSPER Partnership Model of substance abuse prevention where the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania are pioneers. On the other hand, selective substance abuse prevention programs are directed only towards high-risk groups. Two examples of this type of program include the Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids program, or more popularly known as the ATLAS program, which is directed towards young male athletes with a drug abuse medical history. and the Focus on Families, or FOF, program, which is directed towards families with parents who are drug abusers.PROSPER, which is short for Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, is actually a community-based universal intervention program which mobilizes and sustains community-based teams in several local communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania that implement evidence-based programs. Moreover, among the important features of the PROSPER project are an intervention focused on the family during the 6th grade and one focused on the school in the 7th grade (Spoth et al., 2007). The PROSPER Partnership Model is led by the educators of the Cooperative Extension Service, or CES, which is known as the land-grant university outreach arm (Mincemoyer et al., 2008).In the PROSPER Partnership model, there is cooperation among several educators, local schools, community agencies, parents and their children, particularly those affected by substance abuse. The goal is recovery from substance abuse through the cooperation of various areas of the community and the environment of the affected youth while following around three developmental phases.