Understanding Prevention

"Prevention" is not just about stopping a "bad" bahavior before it starts (like problem gambling, or drug abuse). Prevention is about creating and fostering conditions that assist people---of all ages---in living healthy and productive lives. The following PowerPoint is a very brief introduction to prevention as understood by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services (PGS). It provides a history of problem gambling prevention efforts at PGS, and definitions of prevention and prevention strategies.

For a brief PowerPoint introduction to two "promising prevention programs" funded by PGS, click on "Two Model Programs" under Prevention in the Table of Contents.

- Problem Gambling Prevention Overview: PowerPoint

To learn more about other kinds of prevention programs in your community, visit "Connecticut Prevention Network" at www.ctprevention.org

The Connecticut Prevention Network is made up of the state funded Regional Action Councils (RACs). The RACs are responsible for developing and offering alcohol and other drug abuse prevention programs and positive youth development programs in Connecticut communities.