Since 2002, Substance Abuse has been an area of opportunity indicated through our community health assessment process. Our community's resilience and "can do" attitude has played a vital role in establishing many substance abuse related services for the residents of Dare County. We are proud to be able to provide a variety of substance abuse related services for our residents.
Early Care & Education Initiative provides support to Day Cares and Preschools through the development and implementation of policies to support wellness (nutrition and physical activity). Positive Action, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum, is provided in the Day Cares and Preschools that participate in the initiative. The program is a character education curriculum comprised of age appropriate lessons on topics such as substance abuse, medication safety, physical activity, and nutrition.
Freedom from Smoking is an evidence-based smoking cessation program developed by the American Lung Association. The program incorporates a comprehensive variety of cessation techniques because there is no one size fits all solution for quitting smoking. Freedom from Smoking is provided through eight, one hour sessions over the course of seven weeks.
Health Education for Adults is available through scheduling speaking engagements with one of our health education staff members. Information presented can be tailored to meet the group’s needs and focus on substance abuse prevention, intervention, and/or treatment.
Helping Women Recover is an evidence based treatment and prevention program that provides supportive services for women with a substance abuse concern. The program guides participants through: reducing substance use, building healthy relationships, developing support networks, improving communication skills and referring to community resources. Helping Women Recover is available in the Dare County Detention Center and Community. Classes are an hour and a half and operate weekly or twice a week, for a total of 17 sessions.
Keeping Current is an interactive program designed to empower and equip adults with the tools necessary to prevent teen substance abuse. The program is designed for all adults who spend time with teens and young adults. Participants begin by touring a "typical teenage bedroom" with various items hidden in plain site that could indicate substance use. Keeping Current educates adults on topics such as protective factors, communicating with teens, when to be concerned, and where to turn for help.
LifeStories for Kids is an award-winning, evidence-based multimedia classroom-based character education program that combines evidence-based practices for developing prosocial skills with the ancient art of storytelling. The curriculum promotes healthy behavioral, social, and emotional stability in youth and is currently being piloted in three schools through a partnership with Dare County Schools.
Peer Power is a peer health education course in which high school students are trained as health educators to positively influence elementary and middle school student's health behaviors related to: nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug usage. After training is completed, Peer Power Health Educators teach elementary school and middle school students in Dare County schools 3-4 days a week.
The School Health program employees full-time school nurses in all 11 Dare County schools to provide on-site health prevention, education, and intervention for students PK through 12th grade. School nurses are available to provide and assist in preventative substance abuse education, to intervene when issues with substance abuse arise at school, and to counsel and refer students who present with concerns for themselves, family members, or friends.
Summer Camp participants receive character education on a weekly basis on topics such as: substance abuse, physical activity, nutrition, hygiene, mental health, and other wellness topics. Health Educators work with Summer Camps interested in hosting the program to schedule and plan lessons tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants.
Referrals to Services
Referrals for services are made by our clinicians and social workers if a substance abuse concern is identified. Referrals can include prevention, intervention and/or treatment based services.
Our community’s collaborative spirit has brought many agencies and volunteers together in partnership to address substance abuse treatment, intervention, and prevention. We are fortunate to be a part of this partnership to address substance abuse. Just a few of our valued partnerships include:
Drug Drop Off Events in partnership with The Outer Banks Hospital & Dare County Sheriff’s Office
Parent engaged prevention initiative such as Talk it up, Lock it Up with Dare CASA
Active participation on the Dare County Substance Abuse Education & Prevention Task Force and Dare County Substance Abuse Treatment Task Force
Linking clients to needed services such as detox with the support of PORT/New Horizons (call 252.441.2324)