Video: Preventure study coming to Richmond, VA Schools

We Got the Grant- An Overview of a Substance Abuse Prevention Program Study Coming to CCPS

Presenter: Anne Moss Rogers, Board member, Beacon Tree Foundation; Owner, Emotionally Naked LLC

There are four traits that Put Kids at Risk of Substance Misuse and in January 2019, VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies with Beacon Tree Foundation, won the VCU CCTR Endowment Fund to implement Preventure, a personality-targeted life skills training program that has been shown to reduce drug and alcohol use in schools by up to 80%.

The pilot study, the first in the US, will include four Virginia … Read more...

Preventure Training in Richmond, Virginia!

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I have been working with Dr. Vassileva and Dr. Conrod in Canada for 1.5 years to get this Preventure training to Richmond. This is the program that has been shown to reduce drug and alcohol use in schools by 30-80% at three year follow up.

The intervention was included in the landmark surgeon general’s report on addiction in 2017, this New York Times article and this article in Richmond Family Magazine that was the #1 article of all time for that publication. This program reduces drug and alcohol use by targeting personality traits that have … Read more...

Thirty thousand smackaroos

Now that we have the funds and the approval from two schools, next up is planning the training. There are a lot of things to get together to make Preventure happen. Thanks for all your support.

I like this program because it focuses on both substance use and mental illness traits. In short, Preventure is an evidence-based school program associated with 30-80% reduction in adolescent substance use. This intervention focuses on teaching teens coping strategies to manage personality traits that predispose them to addiction and associated high risk behaviors.

Personality traits that predispose one to addiction include:

  • Sensation seeking
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What is the Preventure Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program?

Support the Preventure pilot implementation in Virginia. All donations are DOUBLED through January 3, 2018–matched dollar for dollar by Newman’s Own Foundation. We are very close to our goal. 

Preventure is one of the few adolescent drug prevention programs in the 2016 US Surgeon General’s Landmark Report on Addiction.

Preventure is an evidence-based school program associated with 30-80% reduction in adolescent substance misuse. This intervention focuses on teaching teens coping strategies to manage personality traits that predispose them to addiction and associated high risk behaviors. Personality traits that predispose one to addiction include:

  • Sensation seeking
  • Impulsiveness
  • Anxiety Sensitivity
  • Hopelessness
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Can you do something now to prevent young children from becoming addicts later?

I knew at an early age that Charles had the predisposition for substance abuse disorder. I was, however, unaware of a family history of depression and anxiety. And until recently, I never knew any family members had attempted suicide.

The diagnosis of ADHD apparently increases the risk of illegal drug use by three times and Charles had that. So already, he was in a high risk category.

At the point I started to feel he was the type to get into drugs later, I thought I could change that course and I dove head first into that cause. Given the … Read more...

Implementing Preventure

I sold my partnership in my business to focus on mental illness and addiction advocacy full time. Left a successful career to work at a free job. Why?

Virginia ranks 39th for mental health care. Even worse, 49th for treatment of major depression for those 18 and under. That is utterly pathetic. If I want it to change, I have to do something about it. So I am. My son Charles is not just a statistic. He was my son and he died by suicide as a result of addiction and depression.

With a grant, the soonest we’d be able … Read more...