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Substance Use: Prevention and Healthy Living

Substance use prevention activities focus on changing the way people think, feel, and act with regard to alcohol and other drugs. The goal is to build healthy communities by reducing harmful substance use or substance use that affects a person's overall well-being. 

Substance use always comes with the risk that it might lead to addiction. Learn more about substance use disorders.

Wisconsin Prevention Conference
September 13-14, 2023

Join us in the Wisconsin Dells to learn strategies to prevent all types of substance use. All people interested in building healthy communities are invited to attend. Learn more about this event.

Resilient Wisconsin is a statewide initiative to improve the conditions in which people work, live, and grow through trauma-informed resources, tools, and education. Go to Resilient Wisconsin to learn more.

Resources to prevent harmful substance use

Real Talks Wisconsin: Change the conversation on substance use

Connecting people through meaningful conversations is one way we can reduce and prevent substance use in Wisconsin. Real Talks Wisconsin gives you the information and tools you need to have frequent conversations about substance use. Real talks are based on asking open-ended questions, having empathy, and helping to problem solve. They are the foundation of individual and community health and well-being. Visit realtalkswi.org for more information.


Prevent opioid harm. It starts with real talks. 

Dose of Reality is an initiative to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid use. Help save lives throughout the state: join us in having real talks about opioids—open and honest conversations about the dangers of opioids and ways to save lives. Visit doseofrealitywi.gov for more information.


Meth: Let's not live in an altered state

In Wisconsin, we have many time-honored traditions. Unfortunately, methamphetamine use is severely altering who we are and what we stand for. Let's restore things to the way they should be. Learn more about the dangers of methamphetamine, and what you can do to help prevent it use.


Prevent underage drinking: Have small talks

Small Talks is a campaign to reduce the number of kids who drink alcohol before the age of 21. This statewide effort encourages adults, especially parents and caregivers, to have  frequent, short, casual conversations with kids starting at age eight on the dangers of underage drinking. Visit SmallTalksWI.org for more information.
 


Meet the next generation of addictive tobacco products

Tobacco companies are developing new products and tricky tactics so fast, it’s tough for parents to recognize tobacco when they see it, and even tougher to talk to your kids about the terrible damage tobacco products can do. Visit TobaccoIsChanging.org for more information. 


Treatment is effective. Recovery is possible.

Call 211 or 833-944-4673 or visit addictionhelpwi.org to learn about local treatment services for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Pregnant women are given priority in treatment admissions. Call 911 in a life threatening emergency.

Last revised January 18, 2023