The objective of preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategy’s is to give information in its simplest context about alcohol, drugs and substances of abuse that transcends academic and professional qualification, age, gender or any other persuasion. Addiction is a family disease and a societal problem whereby all family members, and the community are affected directly or indirectly thus requiring collective involvement.
In preventive communication, we use ABCD communication model;
A – Accurately
B – Briefly
C – Clearly and
D – Dramatically
Why preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategy in our community?
Coined from one of the most common old age saying that prevention is (anytime) better than cure, our approach in applying preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategies has become successful and popular for several reasons:
- Preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategies are financially cheaper compared to eventual treatment and rehabilitation of addiction.
- Preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategies are easy to adapt into locally available resources both personal and already established facilities. For example; the community can use the family system, local administration, church, police, education sector and health facilities.
- Each community can set its own goals, regulations and rules based on their availability, human and other resources in disseminating preventive information.
- Local solutions are more effective and more likely to continue operating after the initial funding than programs designed, dictated, and or operated by those outside the community (sustainability).
- Preventive communication and motivational mentorship strategies create enough space for each member to be a mentor. Participation of everyone can easily be appreciated and encouraged.
- Homogeneous groups like preventive communities give opportunity for free communication and expression of opinion. It is proven that coordinated efforts with non-conflicting messages are thought to be more effective than single-short programs.
- Drug use or abuse is multi-causal and comprehensive; coordinated efforts should not only address most at risk.
- Preventive communities/groups create forum for leadership training and life skill building