“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There are so many people that need help here.” To which the man replied, “I’m going upstream to find out why so many people are falling into the river.”
– Saul Alinsky, in Shelden & Maccallair
This is the story of prevention. Working upstream. Prevention works. It works by taking a look at the reasons people use drugs and alcohol and why problem behaviors exist in a community.
We are compassionate and empathetic toward the work of reducing Opioid use and applaud the work to increase access to treatment, reduce the number of prescriptions written, and develop alternative medications and ways to address pain. While behavioral healthcare and healthcare work on that end, here in the world of prevention we work on the other end. Over time, using the principles of prevention science and the exploding research in neuroscience, prevention will decrease the likelihood of people using drugs and alcohol in the first place.
Here are some things we’re doing in 2019 to reduce problem behaviors and alcohol and drug use in Kosciusko County:
Here at Kosciusko Cares Youth Services we are excited about what 2019 will bring. We thank all of those who support us and partner with us. We care about you and we care about the community. Happy New Year!
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