Prevention Program

By: Richmond Addiction S  09-12-2011
Keywords: Addiction Specialists

In helping Richmond residents to become aware of and knowledgeable about substance misuse and addiction, our team of Addiction Specialists and Counsellors provides customized education workshops, training, youth and parent groups, public forums, special events and other collaborative initiatives.

What is Prevention?
programs or activities attempt to increase the well being and safety of individuals, groups and society by addressing potential negative situations before they result in negative consequences. In other words, prevention works to stop problems before they occur. In addition, prevention programs aim to stop current problems from getting worse.
Examples of well known prevention strategies include recycling, prohibiting smoking in public places, wearing seatbelts and reducing ones intake of refined sugar or greasy foods.
Prevention at Richmond Addiction Services involves preventing the possible negative impacts of substance use, gambling or other potentially addictive behaviours.

Prevention is commonly divided up into three levels:


Primary prevention

works to prevent harmful behaviours or practices from occurring in the first place. Examples include drug refusal skill development in elementary schools and educational programs for parents of preteens.


Secondary prevention

works to prevent problem behaviours from progressing past the early stages. Examples include educating youth on the effects of drugs they may currently be experimenting with and recreation programs that give older adults opportunities for alternative activities.


Tertiary prevention

involves helping those who have already established serious negative patterns to recover and regain stability in their lives. Examples may include treatment and rehabilitation.

Addiction Specialists on staff:

Christine     Aging Well Program

Estela         Aging Well Program

Clarence     Gambling Program

Kiana          Gambling Program

Danny         Community Program

Jaclyn         Community Program

Parents and Caregivers
RASS provides parenting sessions, presentations to PAC’s, information, support and referral. Individual education sessions are available. Parental education and support is offered in Mandarin, Chinese and English. [ more websites for Parents and Caregivers ]

Educational Institutions

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• Workshops and seminars are available for administrators, teachers and professors from elementary to university institutions.

• For Professional Development days, presentations will be tailored to increase your general understanding of addiction along with addressing the specific issues within your school.

• We offer modified presentations for grades 6 through 12 as well as for college and university students.

• New programming includes utilizing Peer to Peer models! We know this model has more impact when understanding substance misuse and other addiction information than other learning models have. We are excited to partner with your educational institution to train teachers and students to help implement a sustainable peer to peer program within your school.

• Lesson Plans – Please come back soon to find lesson plans for grades 8 and 9, created by RASS Addiction Specialists.

• Consulting – Wondering what kind of programming or initiative would work best within your educational setting? Looking for something new or cutting edge? Our team of Addiction Specialists will be pleased to meet with you and your staff to help develop something to best meet your needs.


Our Addiction Specialists are writing new prevention info for youth. Check out these links for current information relevant to you.

Adult Education Series

Professionals and Businesses

We have created and delivered customized workshops for Managers of Businesses, Doctors, RCMP, Teachers, First Responders, Volunteer organizations, and other Social Service Providers. To better understand substance misuse and addiction and what your role is when helping others. We can help you better identify a problem and understand the referral process.


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Aging Well Program

There is a support group for current or former clients who have substance use challenges.We also provide community education to the Richmond community about the older adults’ use of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription and over-the-counter drugs. We are presently designing a Mentor program in which client “graduates” of our Aging Well program are linked to new clients with the purpose of connecting them back to the community.


Constructive Alternative to Teen Suspension Program

CATS facilitator will reach out personally to all parents during the CATS program to invite them in or outreach to them to offer information about our program and answer any questions they may have. Following the 3 days of mandatory attendance at the Program, students will receive at least one follow-up counselling session or three follow-up counselling sessions based on assessed need.


Gambling Program

Provides counseling to individuals and families, concerned about their own gambling or that of a family member or friend, in collaboration with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Offers public education, consultation to professionals, and prevention activities related to problem gambling. Services offered in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin; interpretation for other languages may be arranged. Funded by BC Provincial Government.


Youth and Family Program

We offer individual and family counselling, addiction education seminars, support groups as well as the Constructive Alternative to Teen Suspension program with the Richmond School District. The Youth and Family Program at Richmond Addiction Services strives to support Richmond families in their experience of and struggles with substance misuse, problem gambling and gaming.