Middle schoolers sitting around table at school

Ten16 uses a variety of nationally recognized model programs in the schools to work with students; teaching them about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol use, how to develop positive life skills and how to make smart choices when faced with difficult situations.

What does prevention look like?

When we think of our youth, we know that they have things that are going right for them and things that may not be working in their favor.

These are called Risk Factors and Protective Factors.


Risk factors and protective factors USDHHS


Effective prevention efforts means that we are focusing on both:

  • Multiplying and strengthening the good things (Protective Factors)
  • Reducing the bad things (Risk Factors)

When we are able to do that, we equip them to resist the temptation to use and delay the first time they use alcohol or other drugs.

Why is prevention so important?

Research shows us that if we can delay the time that a young person begins to drink, then we can significantly impact their likelihood of developing a substance use disorder.

Teens who drink earlier are more likely to develop problematic use. Moreover, once that experimentation begins, it can bring with it a host of other negative consequences:

  • Poor school performance
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Injuries and accidents
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Memory issues
Teenage drinking statistic

Ready to talk about prevention?

Taking substance use disorders seriously means being as committed to prevention as we are invested in treatment and support. To learn about our prevention efforts or to see how we can support yours, fill out this form. We’ll be in touch within one business day or send an email to