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Substance Abuse

Our Definition

The Tower Foundation has adopted the National Cancer Institute's definition of substance abuse:

The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or overthecounter drugs or alcohol for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in excessive amounts. Substance abuse may lead to social, physical, emotional, and jobrelated problems.

Our Funding Goals

For our Substance Abuse category, we have identified four key goals:

  1. Community members understand the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drugs, and work to address them.
  2. Resources for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery are readily available.
  3. Families provide safe environments that support healthy and informed choices about alcohol and drugs.
  4. Young people make healthy and informed choices about alcohol and drugs.

Strategies of Interest

While open to creative approaches, some preferred strategies for supporting our goals include:

  • Evidence-based prevention programming
  • Screening and assessment
  • Person-centered supportive services for individuals in recovery
  • Transitional support/service navigation
  • Family education
  • Family peer support
  • Professional development for professionals across the sectors including health, education, youth, and substance abuse treatment

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our most recent Annual Grant Guidelines for Substance Abuse. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when guidelines are posted for a new grant cycle.