Drug Addiction PreventionWhat can I do to prevent drug abuse and addiction?As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At its simplest level, drug addiction can be prevented by not taking drugs. But we all know it is not that simple. It can start innocently. Because people do not aspire to become addicts, dependence on drugs to relieve pain after an injury is a process of going a little too far too often. It’s not something that people plan, but it happens. The narcotic prescribed to take the edge off the pain in your surgically repaired knee, over time, becomes a way of life and a necessity above other far more important things. Drug addiction prevention starts by being aware of how addiction can sneak up on you and trying to stop that from happening! The benzodiazepines your doctor prescribed to help you sleep, over time, doesn’t deliver the desired results and so you take more and more. Your doctor may have prescribed barbiturates to help you with nervousness, but over time, the only way you can feel “normal” is to have more. What begins as a medically prescribed drug, at safe dosage, turns into the center of your life. People rationalize their drug use. “Oh, I’ll just take a couple more and that will take care of it. I’m going to be fine.” If the drug isn’t working, the very best course of action is for you to talk to your doctor and tell him what is happening. People react differently to drugs, and so your doctor may prescribe an alternative that is more suitable to your need. But people don’t do that and they get into trouble.In the case of illegal drugs, drug addiction prevention must take the shape of education and communication. People take illegal drugs for the first time to experiment or to go along with the crowd. They want to have fun. They want to party. They want to get high. Long before somebody puts the drug in your hands, understand that street drugs are inherently dangerous and the incidence of addiction with drugs like crack cocaine and methamphetamine are high. Be smart. The evidence is everywhere and information is readily available for you to make intelligent choices.
Read these five pages and learn what you need to know to spot drug addiction in: Yourself… Your Family… Your Friends… Your Community…The rest of the pages are there for your reference to explain important topics in more detail.
Finally don’t miss the Spiritual and 12-step sections to fully explore how understanding THE SPIRIT can lead to recovery!
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