Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

Excellence in Education, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

Welcome to the Vermont Department of Health
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP)

Our mission is to help Vermonters prevent and eliminate the problems caused by alcohol and other drug use.

Working in partnership with state and national public and private organizations, ADAP plans, supports, and evaluates a comprehensive system of services.

See our 2012-2017 Goals and Strategic Plan.

Contact ADAP: Tel. 802-651-1550 or Email

In the Spotlight

Vermont Young Adult Survey 2014 PDF document
A new report highlights key findings from a recent survey of young adult Vermont residents aged 18 through 25. Survey topics include the use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs, along with related topics such as perceptions regarding their availability and the level of risk associated with their use. Among the findings:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Relicensing

Opioid Addiction and Treatment

Care Alliance for opioid treatmentCare Alliance for Opioid Dependence
also referred to as the Hub and Spoke System, the Care Alliance is a statewide partnership of clinicians and treatment centers to provide Medication Assisted Therapy to Vermonters who are addicted to opioids.

Naloxone: Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services.

Helping Others Live Sober
The mission of the “Helping Others” Research Project is to improve the quality of life for youth, families, and communities by providing a continuum of scientific information, education, and personal experiences on the role of service in addiction recovery.

Substance Abuse Treatment System of Care

Safe Disposal of Syringes and Other Sharps

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Substance Abuse Block Grant

FY2014-2015 Substance Abuse Block Grant Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan Application is available for public review.

FFY 2015 Annual Synar Report PDF document

FY14-FY15 SABG Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan PDF document

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049: Zero Alcohol for Nine Months

Alcohol can affect a baby’s development in the very first weeks, even before you know you're pregnant. Prenatal alcohol exposure can result in birth defects that can affect a child's growth, appearance, cognitive development and behavior — and it's 100% preventable.

Here's what women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or may become pregnant need to know about drinking alcohol during pregnancy.


049: Zero Alcohol for Nine Months

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Unified Pain Management System Advisory Council

With increasing problems stemming from prescription drug misuse and abuse, the Unified Pain Management System Advisory Council was created to advise the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to the appropriate use of controlled substances in the treatment of chronic, noncancer
pain and addiction, and in preventing prescription drug abuse.

Advisory Council Report and Recommendations (02/25/13) PDF document

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Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts

Mephedrone Bath Salts exampleSynthetic drugs such as Bath Salts are powerful, addictive, and dangerous stimulants. Vermonters and retailers will find the information they need, including fact sheets, rules & regulations, and additional resources, to help stop the sale and use of these highly dangerous drugs.


Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts

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Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup Report

The Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup was convened to outline a statewide approach to actively address the mounting problem of prescription drug abuse in Vermont. The workgroup focused on four areas: education and community prevention/treatment, monitoring, disposal, and law enforcement.

Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup Final Report PDF document

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Alcohol Awareness

Underage drinking carries heavy risks for children and parents.

ParentUp VermontLearn the scope of this problem, the steps you can take to help reduce underage drinking, and what you can do if you know or suspect that your child is drinking and where you can go for help.

Visit our Alcohol Awareness & Support pages for information and to learn more about the concerns Vermonters have about alcohol.

CDC Vital Signs™ – Get vital information on the dangers of binge drinking. Read CDC Vital Signs™…




Underage Drinking | Prevention Works

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Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment

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Community-based Prevention Grantees

In FY12, in partnership with the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), ADAP is funding 16 community-based coalitions/partnerships to support the continuation of at least one evidence-based substance abuse prevention strategy, already underway, Healthy Retailers Initiative and obesity prevention programs.

In FY13, the Vermont Department of Health intends to create consolidated regional grants that support public health interventions addressing nutrition and physical activity, alcohol and drug prevention, tobacco control and chronic disease prevention. This work aligns with the VDH 2010-2012 Strategic Plan goals for effective and integrated public health programs and communities with the capacity to respond to public health issues.

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Vermont's Strategic Prevention Framework Initiative

Vermont Strategic Prevention Framework Initiative - The Vermont Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant (SIG) is a public health, outcomes-based prevention approach that uses assessment and evaluation to help communities meet their goals of reducing substance abuse and its consequences.

SPF SIG is a federally funded cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the State of Vermont.

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Youth Suicide Prevention

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Are you thinking about suicide or are worried about someone else? Don't keep it to yourself.

Dial 211 in Vermont or 1-800-273-8255.

Don't wait for a crisis to ask for help. Everybody needs help sometimes. Help comes from friends, family, people nearby and even from yourself.



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Blueprint for the States

Blueprint for the States
State governments bear the financial burden of the consequences of drugs and alcohol in our nation. This national policy panel addresses the realities of state governments paying dearly for the nation’s failure to effectively prevent and treat alcohol and drug problems.

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