Blog · Mar 22, 2023
Are you prepared for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) this year? Hosted by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, this annual, week-long health initiative takes place on March 20-26 and gives educators, students, healthcare providers, scientists, and community partners the opportunity to discuss and learn about the science behind adolescent drug and alcohol use.
Knowledge of the negative effects alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use have on the developing teenage brain and body is an essential protective factor that is most effective when served as a broader part of a prevention program that includes a comprehensive skills development framework.
When their self-efficacy aligns with their decision-making skills, teens are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as underage alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use. As soon as they feel they have a stake in their own future, and develop the skills to protect it, teens are more inclined to safeguard their goals and not risk jeopardizing their ability to reach them.
Knowledge of the physical harm and negative effects of ATOD use is helpful for teens as is the capacity to resist and refuse substance use. Skills development and practice boosts resiliency and adolescents' ability to see a future with hope and positive expectations. The best approach is a broader approach. So as you build your prevention initiatives, incorporate strategies that include developing a strong perception of the harm of substance use that is established in a firm self-efficacy and interpersonal skills framework.