Prevention efforts need to start as early on as possible in order to curb the severe impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and society at large.
Prevention efforts need to start as early on as possible in order to curb the severe impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and society at large. Education is one of the key determinants in preventing drug and alcohol abuse.
There is no set time when substance abuse occurs; it could be childhood, early adolescence, adolescence or adulthood. It is critical to target the problem as soon as possible which is why abuse prevention strategies in schools and communities now concentrate on school-age groups. Programs aim to enhance communication between children and parents, to instill resistance skills, and to accurately inform children of the consequences of abuse. This includes correcting misperceptions about alcohol, drugs and other substances. Essentially, officials aim to use education and the media to develop an environment of social disapproval regarding drug use.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their sobriety. Many people think that addiction is the core problem. However, substance use disorders are more often a temporary method to self sooth and cope with other issues that need to be addressed through counselling therapy.