RHA Prevention Resource Centers, formally known as Addiction Recovery and Prevention (ARP), has been helping people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than two decades, providing drug use prevention services for youth, families, and communities across Western North Carolina (WNC).
We address substance use prevention and its root causes using a variety of strategies which are specific to the needs of each individual, family and community. These strategies include mental health promotion, capacity building, brief intervention and technical assistance for organizations and communities.
We believe that decreasing risk, overcoming personal challenges and building protective factors in our youth and families are vital parts of addressing substance use and addiction. While treating addiction is important, we must also develop the awareness and resources to prevent substance use before it impacts the health and vitality of our communities.
We utilize a 5-step planning process called the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), originally developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to ensure that our programs are effective and sensitive to the unique culture of each of the twelve counties we serve in WNC. The five steps include:
- Assess the needs of each community we serve
- Build capacity
- Design action plans
- Support implementation
- Evaluate plans and strategies
SAMHSA has also identified six strategies to be used in any comprehensive prevention plan. These strategies are:
- Information Dissemination
- Prevention Education
- Positive Alternatives
- Environmental Change
- Community-Based Processes
- Problem Identification and Referral Services
Our Community Partners
We collaborate with a variety of partner organizations in WNC to ensure that all prevention initiatives and outreach efforts are truly comprehensive and address the unique needs of the communities we serve. Our community partners include local schools and colleges, health departments and other government agencies, community clinics, law enforcement, and many service providers across Western North Carolina.
For more resources, visit The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County web page.
NC Counties We Serve
|Donna Bruce and Kimberly McDonald
What People Are Saying About RHA Prevention Resource Centers
“Lindsay Carver gave a talk to the Chapter about safety…our sisters, came to the rescue of a woman who had severe alcohol poisoning. It is this sort of courage that can only be brought out by confidence in knowledge…We are so thankful to her and everything your organization does. Thank you very much!”
-Melissa Swider, Alpha Xi Delta Zeta Tau Chapter President