Avoiding Drug Addiction

Addiction to drugs takes over people’s lives in an astonishingly total way. Relationships, work, health and finances are all affected and anybody can fall victim to this disease regardless of their background and personal situation.

The five ways to avoid addiction

Although treatment is available and can help addicts deal with their illness, the best way to prevent drug addiction threatening lives is to recognize it and avoid it in the first place. There are many ways to avoid addiction, but the main things are as follows:

  1. Know what drug addiction is and how it starts. Drug addiction always begins by either using an illegal substance or abusing a prescription medication. If you are more knowledgeable about the warning signs and common causes of substance abuse you stand a much better chance of not becoming a victim, and recognizing the problem in others close to you.
  2. As soon as you suspect a problem of abuse, get help. Drug abuse is not necessarily an addiction at first, although if left without treatment it can often develop into addiction which is much harder to treat. It is critical to get treatment for drug abuse as soon as possible so that addiction can be hopefully avoided.
  3. Temptation is at the root of all substance abuse, and peer pressure is one of the most powerful temptations that we face. Avoid anyone who is likely to encourage you to abuse drugs, as even if you believe you are strong and won’t succumb, it is in this way that many drug abusers start down the road to addiction.
  4. Healthy lifestyles are more important than many of us think in avoiding drug abuse. The natural chemicals released in our bodies when we exercise and if we eat well are necessary, and the lack of these often leads to people substituting drugs. Living a healthy lifestyle will remove the need for drugs and make abuse unlikely and much easier to avoid.
  5. Don’t underestimate the effect of emotional distress. People who have suffered emotionally, however severe are among the most at risk of developing a drug abuse habit. There are many other ways to get support, and getting the right counseling or therapy can counteract the dangers presented by emotional stress. Work through problems and try and solve them before they become a door through which drug abuse can enter your lives.

There are many programs and initiatives which aim to reduce the risk of drug abuse. A solid community and family based program that allows people access to information and support has been shown to be highly effective at preventing drug abuse, especially among young people and children.

Help is Available

Hopefully by sticking to the five methods described above, you and those close to you can avoid the suffering brought about by drug addiction, but there is always the possibility that it may happen. In this case seek treatment immediately. Recovery Connection is available to help, just call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-DETOX (1-800-993-3869) for a free and totally confidential consultation. Your treatment needs will be assessed and evaluated, so if you need help call us before things get out of control.

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