Substance abuse.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

4 tips to avoid addiction pitfalls

Cases of addiction are on the rise. In fact, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. No one sets out to become dependent, addiction doesn’t develop or happen overnight, it sneaks up on you.

Even though there is no fail-proof way to prevent addiction, there are some things you can do to help protect yourself from becoming addicted. You can:

  1. Know how substance abuse develops.It starts by:

  • Using addictive drugs (prescribed or illegal) for recreational purposes.

  • Developing the need to use a substance to the point of intoxication or to function in everyday life.

  • Increasing usage of prescription drugs or an increasing dependency on them.

  1. Avoid temptation and peer pressure. Develop healthy friendships and relationships by avoiding friends or family who pressure you to use substances.

  2. Consider the risk factors carefully. Take a look at your family history to see if there’s mental illness or addiction. The more aware you are of the environmental, physical and biological risks, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid or overcome them.

  3. Maintain a well-balanced life. People often turn to drugs and alcohol after stressful or traumatic life events. Practicing moderation and stress management skills and developing goals for your future can help you overcome these life stressors and live a balanced, healthy life.

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