While many substance abusers tend to start using drugs at an early age, and end up becoming addicts before they realize it, it is possible to prevent addiction in the first place. How? Awareness, awareness, awareness!
Here are 3 ways to prevent substance abuse before it starts. These methods apply to those who are committed to staying sober as well.
There is temptation everywhere, and access to substances is easy. So educating yourself or making your loved ones aware of the risk factors makes it possible to prevent abuse in the first place.
Here are some possible risk factors:
While these are just a few possible factors that might induce someone into abusing substances, becoming aware of such factors in your own (or your loved one’s) life goes a long way toward preventing drug abuse.
A large number of substance abusers start using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism for the stress that they encounter in their daily lives, and not knowing how to handle it. Becoming aware that there are hundreds of effective coping mechanisms that can be used to not only handle stress but to enhance their life physically, mentally and psychologically can be life changing.
Some popular coping mechanisms:
Building your own tool kit of coping mechanisms will help develop a strong daily routine that keeps you on track and not get derailed into pursuing other options such as alcohol or drugs.
We are living at a time when going to therapy is no longer a stigma, but a necessity. Modern life, with all its high speed, high tech advances, is also creating a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety in our lives. Becoming aware that help is just within reach is the best thing that can help people avoid seeking substances to cope.
Here are some effective therapy approaches:
Seeking counseling as soon as you recognize stress or other mental issues in yourself or your loved one is the best way to prevent substance abuse.
Our expert therapists and clinicians at California Prime understand substance abuse and mental health issues, and deliver treatment with care and compassion. If you would like to prevent further substance abuse and are committed to staying sober for the long term, do yourself a favor and reach out to talk about options.
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