The Importance of Addiction Education

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Benefits Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction Education

In order to fully understand things in life, you need to learn and become educated about the topic. People often say “knowledge is power”, which can be true with any given topic such as addiction. At Healthy Life Recovery, we believe taking the time to learn about addiction education is important for many reasons.

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.

Education about this subject can include factual information on these topics:

  • 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
When taking the time to learn about drug and alcohol addiction, no drug should be left out during the learning process. One should be educated on both “minor” and “hard drugs” regardless of the strength and perceived risk of the substance.

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

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, studies have shown that substance abuse prevention programs are useful if they are research-based and implemented properly. This is because they are backed with scientific evidence, and have been thoroughly tested. Research also shows that there is a significant reduction in substance abuse behaviors with nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs.

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?

It is just as important to know what happens when an individual does not take the time to learn about addiction. Not having the proper knowledge of this subject may turn them into an enabler. When a person takes on the responsibility and consequences of another’s person’s addiction, they then become an enabler. In return, the addicted person does not take responsibility for their actions, and their addiction will continue to progress.

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.

A loved one is able to receive addiction treatment and recover, all because there was time taken to learn and accept the situation. People with addiction need treatment, and without learning about it they may never get the chance to recover. As stated before, knowledge is power, and especially with alcohol and drug addiction.

Drug Education Resources On Prevention

In times like today, there is an abundance of resources available to learn about addiction. In fact, there are so many ways to read information, like through the internet and social media, it can be hard to decide where to begin. Not all information readily available is reliable information, even if it sounds legit.

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:

When learning about addiction education, you may start to realize someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance abuse. It is important to seek out the right treatment center for that particular addiction. Every situation is different and requires unique, individual care. Give us a call today to discuss the treatment options that are available to you. At Healthy Life Recovery, we are here to help you and your loved one take back control of life and achieve long-term recovery.
Dr. Sanajai Thankachen

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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.

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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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