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Centerstone Launches New Substance Use and HIV Prevention Application

Centerstone’s Be Aware program releases new training tool

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, today released a new online educational application for its substance use and HIV prevention program, Be Aware.

The online training tool, available at http://BeAware.WhoYouWant2Be.org teaches visitors about the role that drinking and drug use can play in increasing risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. The simple presentations teach how substance use affects the brain, what a high-risk behavior is, as well as strategies on how to avoid negative consequences—like contracting HIV or developing an addiction. Because the tool is available online, it allows the program to reach more people, both in the geographic area of the grant and the larger online community.

“Substance use is inextricably linked to an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, and we are committed to reducing the number of new cases through education,” said Doris Vaughan, Centerstone Director of Prevention Services. “Our hope is the accessibility and ease of use for this new tool will help us to spread the message of prevention well beyond the reach of our grant—to anyone with access to the internet.”

Centerstone’s Prevention Services provides educational programs to empower children, teens and their families to make positive decisions when faced with common, real-life issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, depression, bullying, teen pregnancy and more.

Be Aware is a substance use and HIV prevention program designed to reduce the onset of substance use and HIV/AIDS among minority young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old throughout Middle Tennessee. Be Aware is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.