Resources - Substance Abuse

The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) has released the seven-part video series, “A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs.”  The resource highlights best practices for meeting the needs of drug-endangered youth in Tribal communities and provides testimonials and examples of cultural practices as ways tribal communities can help traumatized children who are healing from drug...
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. According to data from this survey, the perceived risk of using ecstasy, inhalants, and LSD continues to decline among eighth-grade students. Although 43 percent of eighth-grade pupils perceived a great risk of using ecstasy once or twice in...
The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Fiscal Year 2012 Program Plan reflects OJP’s sustained commitment to promoting evidence-based approaches to addressing crime and delinquency, improving justice system operations, and serving crime victims.  The Program Plan outlines pending grant funding opportunities (solicitations) that will be awarded based on Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations. It...
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are a leading known cause of intellectual disability and birth defects and are 100% preventable. FASD is a term used to describe the range of disabilities that may affect children whose mothers consumed alcohol while pregnant. Children exposed to alcohol during fetal development can suffer multiple negative effects, including physical and cognitive...
April is Alcohol Awareness month.  In order to continue raising awareness about alcohol use during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features an interactive page that includes an interactive quiz, a video, and other resources.   FASDs are a group of conditions--including physical, behavioral, and learning problems--that...
The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Anti-Meth Campaign is offering anti-methamphetamine public service announcements, including prevention-focused ads, treatment/recovery-focused messages, Spanish-language ads, and American Indian/Alaska Native-targeted ads. Many of the anti-meth advertisements are available for customization/localization.
The report captures the meeting of the 2007 Tribal Youth Focus Group, which was comprised of boys and girls, ages 10 to 17, from 20 tribes across the United States and their chaperones. The purpose of the meeting was to bring tribal youth together and encourage an open dialog about their communities, schools, families, and life experiences. They discussed various problems facing their communities...
SAMHSA’s Health Information Network has developed a Webpage with resources on teenage substance abuse prevention. Resources include Keeping Your Teens Drug Free, which offers ideas and examples of the skills caregivers can use to keep their teens away from illegal drugs, and The Teen Years: A Road Map for Parents, which is a multimedia CD that offers information about development during...
Ruth Sanchez-Way and Sandie Johnson wrote this article describing effective substance abuse prevention programs created by American Indians that combine cultural components with other proven prevention strategies. The authors found that components of successful cultural interventions are involvement of family, peers, and the community; a focus on peer clusters rather than individuals or entire...
Part of the Road to Recovery 2010 series  supporting the 21st annual observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month), this audio/video series discusses how addiction, treatment, and recovery services are not limited to any one race, religion, culture, or lifestyle.  Achieving long-term recovery is often dependent on finding personalized treatment and recovery...
IHS’s Division of Behavioral Health's website highlights Tribal and federal Youth Regional Treatment Centers that address the ongoing issues of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.  The Indian Health Service currently provides recurring funding to 10 tribally and federally operated Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTCs) to address the ongoing...
This volume, published by the Future of Children, examines juvenile justice policies and practices that promote reforms that acknowledge key differences in adolescents and adults. It discusses some of the problems with policies that criminalize juvenile delinquency and ignore the developmental realities of adolescence. The volume also offers cost saving and research sed alternatives for juvenile...
This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) features an interview with Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell on challenges facing Amerian Indian Youth, an overview of OJJDP’s Tribal Youth Program, and Cultural Practices in American Indian Prevention Programs.
The Reclaiming Futures initiative, a $21-million model program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created, tested and evaluated a new approach to help teens caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. It was implemented in 10 communities across the United States and changed the way judges, probation officers, treatment providers, families and community members worked together to...
In an effort to promote and nurture effective and culturally appropriate substance abuse prevention and treatment, One Sky Center compiled and categorized information on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) programs across the country. The searchable database highlights programs funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
In an effort to promote and nurture effective and culturally appropriate substance abuse prevention and treatment, One Sky Center compiled and categorized information on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) programs across the country. The searchable database highlights programs funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
This guide from the Native American and Alaskan Native Technical Assistance Project describes how to use an objective classification system (OCS). The guide explains classification analysis in general; designing a classification system; benefits of implementing a classification system; potential drawbacks of objective classification; some additional considerations; identifying individuals with...
This report provides information on OJJDP's activities in fiscal year 2008 to promote early intervention and delinquency prevention, support faithbased and community organizations, expand mentoring, improve the juvenile justice system, ensure public safety, curb child exploitation, combat youth gangs, and serve tribal youth. The report concludes with an overview of the Office's information...
The National Indian Youth Leadership Project created this brief providing an overview of Project Venture. The brief describes Project Venture, how it works, the intended population, implementation essentials, intended outcomes, some of its proven results, and contact information for the program developers.
Project Venture is a year-round prevention program comprised of a set of key components adapted for high-risk Native American youth in tribal, alternative, and public schools. It aims to develop the social and emotional competence that facilitates youths' resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. This program description gives an overview of the program, key program components, keys to...

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