As Arizona Complete Health, our purpose stays the same and remains at the center of everything we do: Transforming the Health of the Community, One Person at a Time.
We believe healthier individuals build healthy families and thriving communities. Our core values help us stay on this path: focus on the individual, commitment to whole health, and active local involvement.
Arizona Complete Health is on your team: dedicated to treating everyone with dignity and respect; and committed to making it easier for you and your family to get well, stay well and be well.
Prevention programs are established in Arizona Complete Health’s Integrated Care service areas to respond to the community needs and assets identified by local drug and alcohol data. Prevention programs undergo careful evaluation and encompass clearly defined goals, measurable objectives and research-based strategies.
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- Be a positive adult role model.
- Be aware of risk factors.
- Support your kids, and give them space to grow.
- Be prepared. Your child may become curious about alcohol; he or she may turn to you for answers and advice.
- Use “natural” opportunities, such as dinner time or while doing chores, to start open, honest conversations about drinking.
- Work with schools, communities, and civic leaders to protect children from underage alcohol use.
In talking with your child about reasons to avoid alcohol, stay away from scare tactics. Most young teens are aware that many people drink without problems, so it is important to discuss the consequences of alcohol use without overstating the case. Some good reasons why teens should not drink:
- You want your child to avoid alcohol. Clearly state your own expectations about your child’s drinking. Your values and attitudes count with your child, even though he or she may not always show it.
- To maintain self-respect. Teens say the best way to persuade them to avoid alcohol is to appeal to their self-respect—let them know that they are too smart and have too much going for them to need the crutch of alcohol. Teens also are likely to pay attention to examples of how alcohol might lead to embarrassing situations or events—things that might damage their self-respect or alter important relationships.
- Drinking is illegal. Because alcohol use under the age of 21 is illegal, getting caught may mean trouble with the authorities. Even if getting caught doesn’t lead to police action, the parents of your child’s friends may no longer permit them to associate with your child.
- Drinking can be dangerous. One of the leading causes of teen deaths is motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol. Drinking also makes a young person more vulnerable to sexual assault and unprotected sex. And while your teen may believe he or she wouldn’t engage in hazardous activities after drinking, point out that because alcohol impairs judgment, a drinker is very likely to think such activities won’t be dangerous.
- You have a family history of alcoholism. If one or more members of your family has suffered from alcoholism, your child may be somewhat more vulnerable to developing a drinking problem.
- Alcohol affects young people differently than adults. Drinking while the brain is still maturing may lead to long-lasting intellectual effects and may even increase the likelihood of developing alcohol dependence later in life.
Prescription drug abuse prevention:
• Always talk to your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking, even over the counter medication.
• Store your medications in their original bottles.
• Always bring your child’s medications to a doctor’s visit
• Always keep medications away from children.
• Keep your medications secured and away from other people.
• Your medications are meant for you. Do not share with friends or family.
This publication was made possible by grant number 5U79SP020154 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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