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Maine CDCSubstance Use Prevention SpecialistAugusta3/5/2024

Prevention is on the continuum of care alongside treatment and recovery. While treatment and recovery work with people who have substance use disorder, prevention works with families, communities, organizations, and environmental strategies to reduce the number of people who find themselves faced with a substance use disorder. This is done through universal and targeted approaches. The prevention workforce must be trauma-informed and skilled and risk factor conscious, while promoting protective factors and resilience. Positive youth development and healthy communities are the building blocks to strong prevention work. While treatment and recovery see their work changing lives on a day-to-day basis, prevention often works to change lives over the course of years, interrupting generational cycles of and community norms around substance misuse. Our field relies on evidenced-based programs, messaging, and resources because we know our work takes time, so we need to be constantly vigilant thorough evaluation to measure the positive changes over time. Download the Maine Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Guide.