The Importance of Addiction Education
Benefits Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction Education
Addiction is a disease that can affect you differently than someone else. Learning about addiction can help prevent you or someone you know from developing an addiction. Also, learning about evidence-based treatment and recovery programs for substance use disorders (SUD) and addiction to alcohol can help you or someone you know receive treatment. Our rehab center in San Diego, CA, offers addiction education and a variety of treatment programs.
- What substance abuse is
- How and why substances are abused
- Warning signs of addiction
- Information on how alcohol and certain drugs affect the brain and body
- The consequences of addiction in terms of physical and mental health, family members, and relationships
- How to be supportive during the detoxification and rehabilitation process
It is a common misconception that minor drugs are not as addictive or cannot be abused like hard drugs. This is why it is important to learn about all of them. For example, hard drugs such as opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine can have serious consequences and effects on the body. Whereas minor drugs like marijuana and alcohol can still be addictive and abused like any of the hard drugs.
Using evidence-based prevention techniques, addiction education provides the knowledge to make healthier personal choices and ways to avoid an individual from getting into risky situations. The person will be able to create strategies to avoid negative peer pressure associated with drugs and alcohol. Once they know the mental and physical dangers of alcohol and substance abuse, it becomes easy to justify substance avoidance.
How Addiction Education Can Help
There is no set age range with education for addiction. People of all ages should be aware of the damages drugs and alcohol cause to the body, mind, and relationships. Education programs for addiction prevention can begin as early as preschool, with age-appropriate material of course. Being educated at a young age can help an individual reduce risk factors for developing an addiction. Especially before the adolescent years, where addiction often begins.
What Happens If You Don’t Learn?
The first important step to not become an enabler is acceptance. The individual must accept that their loved one has a problem. After there has been an acknowledgment of the addiction, certain actions need to be taken for them to achieve long-term recovery.
Drug Education Resources On Prevention
If you want to learn for yourself or teach others about substance abuse, make sure the information you use is accurate. The information being used should be from websites that have a number of reliable, well-researched resources.
Some safe, informative substance abuse education and prevention websites are:
Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen graduated from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in psychiatry in 2008 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York. Dr. Thankachen is currently working with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists in an outpatient practice, as well as working at multiple in-patient psychiatric and medical units bringing his patients the most advanced healthcare treatment in psychiatry. Dr. Thankachen sees patients with an array of disorders, including depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, anxiety, and dementia-related problems.
Edited for Clinical Accuracy By:
Sean Leonard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sean Leonard is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his master’s degree in adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner from Walden University and a second postmaster specialty in psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain University. Sean has experience working in various diverse settings, including an outpatient clinic, inpatient detox and rehab, psychiatric emergency, and dual diagnosis programs. His specialty areas include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.
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