Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Addison County

 Alan is our Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. He works with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents and youth. The purpose of this work is to educate communities about the risks of alcohol and other drug use and to reduce misuse among youth, young adults and adults through: 
  1. Community Organizing
  2. Program Planning & Consultation
  3. Presentations & Training
  4. Community Grants Information & Guidance
  5. Information & Referral

Prevention Works!

Community Organization Focuses on Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Turning Point, Counseling Services of Addison County and United Way provide coordination of prevention partnerships in our community. These partnerships aim to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and marijuana use by promoting municipal policy changes, providing opportunities for education and providing referrals to local resources.

Below are the community partners in our area. Contact them to find out what they do and how you can get involved!

Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs 

PARENT UPUsing alcohol and other drugs in early life can have a negative impact on your child’s health now, and later on by impacting proper brain development and creating other risks. You are their #1 influence. Parent Up Vermont has tips on how to start and continue to have conversations with your children early and often, no matter how awkward.

Prescription Drug Disposal 

DO YOUR PART

Properly storing and getting rid of unused prescription medications protects your loved ones and the environment. Here are three easy steps:

  1. LOCK: Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.
  2. DROP: Drop off unused medication at a kiosk or at your local pharmacy or police stations. Find a location in your area
  3. MAIL: Mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope. Request a free mail-back envelope

Treatment is Effective!

Treatment might look different depending on the level that you need. Find the type of treatment that is right for you or your loved one, what to expect, how soon you can get help and the treatment services specific to youth, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and older adults on our Treatment Options page

There are a number of treatment options in your community. Find them, as well as answers to common questions you may have about treatment in the [County] Resource Guide

People Recover! 

There is no wrong door to recovery. It is a life-long journey that is not always a straight line. Find recovery opportunities and supports in your area on our Recovery page.

Local Highlights
  • Prescription medication disposal sites are available at multiple locations.  Please visit the link for your nearest location.
  • United Way received a Partners For Success grant for a total of 1.2 million, which will support prevention strategies through 2024.
  • A full-time Prevention Consultant was hired by the Middlebury Department of Health in July 2019.
  • Four schools in our district piloted Partnership Teams during the 2018-2019 school year - Mary Hogan School, Salisbury Community School, Shoreham Elementary School and Weybridge Elementary School.  During the school year these teams organized many fun events for families that strengthened connections between families and our schools and provided an opportunity for our families to get to know each other better.
  • Addison County School Districts, along with the Addison County Parent Child Center, Building Bright Futures, the Counseling Service of Addison County, the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Department of Children and Families, and many other groups and individuals have joined together to launch a public awareness and education campaign for youth resiliency.