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Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family
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Data from the Arizona Youth Survey  showed that 75% of Arizona youth surveyed obtain marijuana from friends. 


Working ourselves out of a job one drug free person at a time



Because you’re worth saving



Loving your future one day at a time


Wellness & Recovery
When Is Too Much Alcohol A Problem?

It could be when you drink too much at one time, drink too often, or both. It’s important to be aware of the problems that can occur when you are unaware of how much you are drinking.

It’s not surprising that most people do not know what counts as “a drink”.  In the United States, a standard drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of "pure" alcohol.  The drinks pictured here are different sizes, yet each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol and counts as a single standard drink.

You might not recognize a few mild symptoms as “trouble signs” which can signal the start of a drinking problem. It helps to know the signs so you can make a change early.  This confidential screening can help in determining if there are “trouble signs” you may have or missed and may then want to consider seeking help. 


Questions to Ask Mom and Daughter

Discussing real-life challenges with adults can be difficult. Ask them not to lecture and to listen. Once the ground rules are set, consider using the following questions to help you to begin the conversation.


Questions to Ask Father and Mother

You are your child's most important role model and their best defense against risky behavior. Strong relationships are developed overtime and should start early. Do your best not to lecture; instead, listen. Consider using the following questions. 


Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Eight Dimensions of Wellness

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Making the Eight Dimensions of Wellness part of daily life can improve mental and physical health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving physical health can also benefit mental health, and vice versa. It is important to make healthy choices for both physical and mental well-being.
Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress. One can still strive for wellness even while experiencing these challenges in  life.

What Are the Eight Dimensions of Wellness?
Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help choose how to make wellness a part of everyday life. Wellness strategies are practical ways to start developing healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:
Emotional - Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Environmental - Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial - Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Intellectual - Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Occupational - Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Physical - Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
Social - Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Spiritual - Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness


A strong bond between children and their families

Parental involvement in a child’s life

Supportive parenting that meets financial, emotional, cognitive and social needs

Clear limits and consistent enforcement of discipline

Age-appropriate parental monitoring of social behavior, including establishing curfews, ensuring adult supervision of activities outside the home, knowing the child’s friends and enforcing household rules

Unity, warmth and attachment between parents and children

Parental supervision

Contact and communication between and among parents and children

Experiencing a strong bond with a parent or caregiver

Having parents who talk regularly with their child about drugs

Favorable parental attitudes and involvement in problem behavior


Lack of mutual attachment and nurturing by parents or caregivers

Ineffective parenting

A chaotic home environment

Lack of a significant relationship with a caring adult

A caregiver who abuses substances, suffers from mental illness or engages in criminal behavior

Lack of parental supervision

Family history of problem behavior

Family management problems

Family conflict

Living with an addicted family member

Parent or sibling uses alcohol (or perception of use)

Parent monitoring of their children is limited

Parental care or involvement with their children is low


Academic competence

Spending time around positive role models who don't use tobacco, drugs or alcohol

Being involved in healthy activities that involve managed risk, such as rock climbing, karate or camping


Association with peers with problem behaviors, including drug abuse

Substance abuse

Peer norms favor alcohol use


Success in academics and involvement in extracurricular activities

Anti-drug use policies

Schools characterized by academic achievement and students who are committed to school

Attending a school with an effective drug education program and a no-tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs


Inappropriate classroom behavior, such as aggression and impulsivity

Academic failure

Drug availability

Lack of commitment to school

Victims of bullying (including cyberbullying)

Attending a school without strict rules that address tobacco, alcohol or drugs and consistent enforcement for breaking those rules


Strong bonds with pro-social institutions, such as school and religious institutions

Acceptance of conventional norms against drug abuse

Strong neighborhood attachment

Positive emotional support outside of the family such as friends, neighbors and elders

Supports and resources available to the family

Community and school norms, beliefs and standards against substance abuse

Being active in faith-based organizations, or school, athletic or community activities

Living in a community that offers youths activities where drugs and alcohol are prohibited


Misperceptions of the extent and acceptability of drug-abusing behaviors in school, peer and community environments (permissive norms)


Availability of drugs

Community laws and norms favorable toward drug use, firearms and crime

Low neighborhood attachment and community disorganization

Extreme economic deprivation

Residing in a community with a high tolerance for smoking, drinking or drug use among youths

Event Materials: Keeping Communities Whole

The Keeping Communities Whole Through Collaborative Partnerships III conference was held on November 2, 2017 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Tempe Arizona.  As in its previous years, participants learned about substance abuse prevention and treatment from a variety of skilled subject matter experts.  Below you will find links to the presentations made available by our distinguished presenters. For more information on the conference, please contact Alexandra O'Hannon 

Avoiding The Activity Trap

Presented by: Kay Godbey, MS. HSA-CYD

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CAPT Resources to Support Social Media and Other Communications Strategies to Prevent Substance Misuse

Materials provided by: SAMHSA

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Engaging Youth in Your Substance Use Prevention Campaigns and Programs

Materials presented by: Trillium

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Putting the Pieces Together - The Mosaic Program in Maricopa

Presented by: Lil Espinonza, LCSW, CCHP and Melody Hicks, MC, LPC

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Screening and Breif Interventions for Alcohol, Marijuana, Interpersonal Violence and Suicidal Risk:

Presented by: Jason Kilmer and Shannon Bailie

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The Illusion of Opioids

Presented by: Don Teater, MD, MPH

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Using Positice Social Norm for Prevention

Presented by: Peggy Glider, Ph.D.

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CDC Modernizes Pain Management and Prescription Guidelines with App


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced a free Opioid Guideline App that allows users to access the agency’s recommendations on pain management and opioid treatment.

“Crisis Response”: An Alternative


Hospital emergency rooms are not the only option when a mental health crisis occurs. Learn more about crisis services that offer an array of prevention and response alternatives.  


Five Tips for Parents to Prevent Drinking in College


The transition from high school to college is a big shift – and parents provide essential guidance and information to keep their young adults safe and healthy. Although a student may be open to discussing class selection, living arrangements, and schedules, having a conversation about parties and drinking isn’t as easy. For that reason, SAMHSA has developed some tools for parents to have that conversation – including one that addresses the dangers of underage drinking in college and can help young adults make informed and smart choices.


From Youth to Adulthood: Offering Help


Many young people with behavioral health issues encounter difficulties once they’re no longer eligible for publicly funded children’s mental health services, leaving some to fall through the cracks. Learn about SAMHSA efforts to meet the needs of these emerging adults.  


Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Care


Safety - Throughout the organization, staff and the people they serve feel physically and psychologically safe. Trustworthiness and transparency - Organizational operations and decisions are conducted...  


Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends


Gives families and friends information about medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Describes prescribed opioid medications, their proper use and side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and how medications fit with counseling in the recovery process.  


Preventing Opioid Overdose and Accidental Death


How do you prevent someone from overdosing on opioid drugs and medications? SAMHSA's Prevention toolkit has answers.