Drug and substance abuse has become a pertinent issue among students of all levels and even long after they finish their studies (Carey, Henson, Carey & Maisto, 2007). Drug abuse is a vice which has always managed to fill the headlines because it’s a threat to the very fabric of existing societies. This study seeks to critically analyze the Arizona Prevention Resource Center (APRC). The mode of data collection will be through the use of an interview to Guadalupe Fernandez, who works as a Student Assistant in APRC.
Primary function of APRC This study found out that APRC plays an integral role in promoting long lasting prevention of evidence based drug and substance abuse in affected people. APRC is aware of the grave danger students face when they indulge themselves in drug and substance abuse and it core value is to act as an effective catalyst in drug and substance abuse prevention. APRC ensures the success of its programs through providing extensive training, effective planning and evaluation of the services offered in the facility.
In that manner target communities are able to not only fight their drug and substance abuse vices but also be able to effectively avoid instances of lapsing back to drug and substance abuse. APRC understands the etiology of drug and substance abuse and prevention entails creating conducive environment and sustainability of the therapy provided to address risks and ensure the personal responsibly to the wellbeing of the target community.
Drug and substance abuse victims need a lot of support and understanding in the course of their therapy to be able to effective fight the vices of drug abuse (Versland & Rosenberg, 2007). Consequently APRC is also concerned with ensuring an effective delivery system which is responsible and locally relevant to the community being served. For instance APRC is open to diverse clients and hence the need to have staff who are trained in diversity management.
On the other hand, target clients get to analyze and understand the negative implications of drug abuse so that they can independently make a decision to embrace a change they can believe in through the prevention programs of APRC. Clients served by APRC This study found out that APRC deals with various clients for example; students, teachers, individuals, volunteers, communities, community based organizations, state, government agencies, social services and healthcare providers.
Specific aspects of APRC APRC was incepted in 1989 in response to growing drug problems in the area prompting and urgent intervention. The program is a brainchild of Arizona state university with the support of Arizona prevention Resource centre, Arizona department of Health services and Arizona department of education. Arizona State University was able to establish APRC in 1990 after the authorization of the Arizona Board of Regents.
APRC is very popular in Arizona because of its key purpose in the area and it also works as the Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resource Network Centre for the whole of Arizona. With that in mind the facility has various facilities for example prevention resource centers, state clearing houses, local organizations for drug and substance abuse prevention and treatment. APRC believes that for a better service delivery it has to network with various facilities which will complement the efforts of each other in achieving long lasting drug prevention and treatment.