Fighting Addiction Before it Starts

At Catholic Charities, we firmly believe in the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s a strategy that holds true in the prevention of substance use disorders. The promotion and implementation of prevention and early intervention strategies help fight the disease of addiction in our communities, especially among our young people.

Substance Use: Prevention

Catholic Charities Prevention Services utilizes school curriculums, community outreach, and community-based training so youth, parents, and other community members may be educated, involved, active participants in the fight against drug and alcohol use.

We have found great success in the development of partnerships, including collaborations and coalition building, to strengthen communities, promote youth engagement, lower substance abuse among youth, and curtail issues that typically accompany substance abuse. We have partnerships and programming at schools throughout our three-county service area.

Prevention Programming Includes:

• Teen Intervene
• Too Good for Drugs
• Girls Circle
• Boys Council
• Strengthening Families
• Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
• Positive Alternative Thinking Strategies (PAThS)

Prevention Services:

• Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug presentation
• Prevention Education Presentations
• Substance Abuse Resource Center
• Parent Workshops
• Social Marketing

Community Coalitions

Catholic Charities believes in “boots on the ground” community outreach and is at the forefront of a number of community coalitions to strengthen and support that outreach. These include TEAM Newburgh, Operation PJ Pride, and Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (SALT)

For more information, contact Prevention Services:

Orange County
280 Broadway, Newburgh
845.569.0034, ext. 15

Sullivan/Ulster County
11 Hamilton Avenue, Monticello
845.794.8080, ext. 170