Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Referral Programs
It’s never too early or too late to talk about tough topics, and drug use is certainly one of them. The Palmetto Foundation can help – we are an active and determined force in the fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse. We engage youth and adults in activities that foster transparency about this epidemic, and offer solutions – and hope – when it seems there are none.
Anything But Free (ABF) Program
Launched with our “Anything But Free” video, the ABF program promotes awareness about the root causes and deep consequences of substance abuse, especially related to opioid addiction.
- One-hour assembly or group presentations include the ABF video, our impactful and age-appropriate documentary film, interactive activities, panel conversations, and a Q&A session.
- Palmetto Peers, our peer mentoring program, serves as the ongoing student outreach and support arm of ABF. Administrative staff oversee Palmetto Peers in partnering schools; their training is funded by our foundation donors.
Community Action Forums
Our call-to-action forums are focused on essential aspects of the opioid epidemic, in partnership with local community leaders and businesses; law enforcement and first responders; and treatment and recovery providers. The ABF video is a regular feature in these forums.
Resource Outreach Initiative
We work with first responders statewide to provide referrals to addiction and mental health treatment and recovery providers. This helps individuals struggling with addiction find the right treatment to support their recovery.
Collegiate Recovery Program
Designed for college students, these support activities and services are offered in a consultation format.
The Heart of our Programs
All our programs are based on one or more of three key pillars:
They may not realize it, but most young people already know someone who is abusing controlled substances. While all ages benefit from hearing and seeing the destructive impact of opioid use, many of our prevention activities involve students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
Awareness is a first step. To stop opioid abuse, engagement must follow. Mentoring, outreach and other forms of ongoing support are essential. This includes helping young people find purpose and activities that positively challenge them, encourage smart choices and reinforce their value and worth in their community.
Recovery happens one day at a time. We believe in people’s ability to get back on their feet, be productive citizens in their community and realize their dreams. Our network of trusted community partners enables us to provide resources and referrals at every stage of addiction.