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Formerly the
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Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit


Welcome to the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit. This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, program best practices, and resources that can be used by your organization to implement substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

There are seven modules in this toolkit. Each module contains resources and information that your organization can use to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain rural programs to prevent and treat substance abuse. There are more resources on general community health strategies available in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.


Module 1: Introduction
Overview of substance abuse in rural communities in the U.S. and unique challenges that rural communities face.

Module 2: Program Models
Evidence-based and promising program models for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
Examples of promising substance abuse programs that have been implemented in rural communities.

Module 4: Implementation
Important issues to consider and address when implementing a rural substance abuse program.

Module 5: Evaluation
Tools that can help with the evaluation of a substance abuse prevention and treatment program.

Module 6: Sustainability
Resources to help with planning for the sustainability of a substance abuse program in a rural community.

Module 7: Dissemination
Ideas and resources for disseminating findings from substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.