Prevention Services

Helping Services offers a wide variety of services, programs, and training with the goal of preventing misuse of substances. These services target three groups: Community, Workplace, and Youth.

Helping Services works closely with community members to educate and seek positive change regarding illicit drug use, over-use of alcohol, prescription medications, and tobacco.

Whether it be business owners who comply with the laws, or citizens who take an active role in local, state, or national policy, we are ALL on the same team.  Safe communities = happy communities!

If your group would like a presentation on any of these topics, please email PREVENTION@HELPINGSERVICES.ORG  If you need further assistance call our main office at 563-387-1720.


We work closely with communities to educate and seek positive change regarding illicit drug use, alcohol misuse, prescription medications, tobacco, and problem gambling.

It’s often a challenge for us to explain the far-reaching impact that Prevention work has on a community.  This video is able to quickly connect the importance of the prevention of FIRST USE of drug or alcohol use –  ninety percent of adults with a substance use disorder(SUD) started using alcohol or drugs before they turned 18.  

If your group is interested in a presentation, a Prevention Specialist will be happy to talk about any combination of topics or focus topic. Simply reach out to discuss your needs.  Contact


Community Coalitions

We partner with you, your family, friends and neighbors. We join forces with your community to address concerns and find solutions that benefit everyone. Find a coalition to join in your area...

Unused medication disposal sites are located at all three pharmacies on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson year round. To help prevent prescription medication abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration is scheduled to host the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Valerie Monroy)

Prescription Drug Drop-offs

We participate in safe disposal of prescription drugs and community drop-off points. View a map of Iowa drop-off locations...


Social Host Laws

We are here to help the community understand what social host laws mean. Learn more about this law...


Staff are ready to assist you and your business.  They can help explain the law regarding sale of alcohol and tobacco products, and train employees who serve and/or sell those products.  Misuse of drugs and problem gambling by employees can affect the workplace. Trained Prevention Specialists can help you create a workplace policy and/or present on topics that best fit your work environment.


Beverage Server Trainings

Staff educate local retail establishments and their employees on compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. Learn how the training benefits your employees, the next training dates, and online options. Learn more and contact staff...


Policy and Best Practices

Staff can assist your company in creating workplace policies that best define the restriction of tobacco, drugs, problem gambling, and alcohol in the workplace. Contact to request workplace policy assistance.



Receive the latest information on drug trends, marijuana, prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and problem gambling presented by a Prevention Specialist. Any combination of topics or a focus topic may be available for your workplace. Contact


Helping Services focuses important prevention efforts on youth. All of us want our youth to be safe, drug-free, and grow into responsible adults. JOIN US in helping to make our youth and communities stronger!


Curriculum-Based Support Groups

Youth meet in confidential, small group settings and are taught a set of essential life skills to help them learn how to cope with challenges. Learn more...


Youth Leadership High School Groups

Staff meet with teen groups and advisors for high school groups. Our experienced staff offer guidance to teen-led groups.


Youth Mentoring

Helping Services has become the model for other mentoring programs. Our long tradition of connecting youth with caring adults is a powerful resource for keeping kids on the right track. Find out more...