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.
Contact ADAP: Tel. 802-651-1550 or Email AHS.VDHADAP@state.vt.us
Vermont Young Adult Survey 2014
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:
- 55% of young adults reported binge drinking in the past 30 days
- 37% used marijuana in the past 30 days
- 17% misused a prescription drug in the past year
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Relicensing
- REQUIRED: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Census The State of Vermont conducts an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor census every two years as part of relicensing requirements.
- Counselor Licensing
Care 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.
Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services.
- Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
- Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
- Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
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.
- Service to Others in Sobriety Questionnaire
The theory of Service to Others in Sobriety is related to the benefit of adolescents helping others and thereby sustaining their own sobriety. This validated tool for providers helps adolescents evaluate how much they are engaged in helping others.
Substance Abuse Block Grant
FY2014-2015 Substance Abuse Block Grant Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan Application is available for public review.
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.
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)
Synthetic 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.
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.
- News Release: Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup Issues Report
- Vermont State Police Drug Diversion Unit
Underage drinking carries heavy risks for children and parents.
Visit our Alcohol Awareness & Support pages for information and to learn more about the concerns Vermonters have about alcohol.
Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment
- NIDA Website on Drug Abuse
Information on drug abuse and prevention in a new design with features that make it easy to read and use.
- Methamphetamine Prevention
- Marijuana Use in Vermont
Information and resources on prevalence of use, treatment, and the health effects of marijuana use.
- Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse
Information about drug abuse prevention, treatment and monitoring, & how to safely dispose of medicines.
- Screening for Substance Abuse During Pregnancy
- Vermont Prescription Monitoring System
Information and system access for pharmacists and physicians
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.
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.
Youth Suicide Prevention
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.
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.