Meals on Wheels NWA
Drug Prevention Program
Caring For Your Community: How To Promote A Drug Advocacy Program
You care about the people in your community, and you want to do all that you can to keep them safe. Sometimes, this is easier said than done, especially when it comes to issues with a drug prevention program. As a caring community member, it's important that you follow these steps in order to open up the conversation around drug advocacy and drug awareness in your area.
Check your language when you talk about people who use drugs. Make sure you use a respectful tone, and don't be afraid to call someone out (kindly) when they fail to do the same. You never know who is struggling with drugs, and when people hear their issue talked about in a derogatory way by respected members of the community, it can make them scared to come forward and get help.
An important part of drug advocacy is acknowledging the fact that addiction is a mental health disorder. As a drug awareness leader, it's important that you stay on top of the latest terminology in addiction science in order to properly refer to substance abuse issues.
Know what to do if you find out someone is using drugs. Whether that means referring them to your local drug prevention program, reaching out to a drug advocacy program, or following another protocol, it's important that you know what next steps to take when you find out that someone is struggling with drugs.
Above all, remember that people who are struggling with drugs are just that - people. A huge part of drug awareness is to show people struggling with drug use and/ or addiction that you recognize that they're a flawed human, just like you. Always speak with kindness and respect, and go out of your way to make an effort to help.