Tips to Help Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

 If you’re having a hard time dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, there are common methods to both treat and stop using them altogether. 

 Of course, drugs and alcohol (which is also a drug) are easily abused and while your situation may be completely individual (everyone is different and has different ways to cope), there are some tips to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse that this article can provide.

1. Understanding Drug and Alcohol Abuse

There are many different forms of abuse, and the way substance abuse happens is normally due to using drugs, no matter what type they are for fun, and when you use them, you begin to develop a need to get the “high” that you felt. Some people start out with other drugs, then they start overdosing on prescription medications to get the same effects as others.

2. How to Avoid Temptation

Most of the time, when you’re recovering, you need to cut ties with those who used with you or enabled you, even if they themselves weren’t an addict. Believe it or not, invisible peer pressure (sometimes even self-induced) is one of the main reasons why a person will use, and convince yourself that it’s okay to relapse or use in the first place. When you surround yourself with like-minded people who are using, or those people from your past (if you’re in recovery), then you are going to have a hard time with recovery and risk putting yourself into a situation that can cause you to use again.

3. Mental Issues

Understand that your alcoholism or drug addiction is also probably tied in with a form of mental illness. This doesn’t mean you are crazy if that is what you are worried about, but there are a lot of issues that people can’t deal with on their own and may need to get help from a psychologist or psychiatrist for. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, Misophonia, and many other things are considered triggers, and can lead to further issues, let alone causing you to want to use or be tempted.

4. Think about What You’ll Lose

There are many things that you’re risking when using drugs or alcohol. You run the risk of wrecking your car, getting lost, getting hurt, hurting others, as well as even dying when you use and abuse drugs. Think about all of the ways that your choices may affect other people and be compassionate. If you put yourself in their shoes, you may be able to deter from temptation of using.

5. Work to Be Healthy and Happy

Normally, when people abuse drugs or alcohol, something is wrong in their life. You can take stress management courses, workout routines, and other things that you can do in order to stay happy and healthy. If something is going wrong for you, work on a project or workout. Eat healthy, sleep healthy, and be healthy. By doing these three things you can assure that you will have less likely of a chance to relapse or abuse drugs in the first place.
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