SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

substances abuse all typeAbusive utilization of drugs has become a common and serious issue at present. Rate of illicit usage of drug has increased alarmingly posing a threat to user and the overall society.

However, the best and simplest approach to fight against the issue is taking some simple preventive measures. These measures help improving the quality of life and diminish health care costs for drug abuse related medical conditions.

Yes, substance abuse is definitely preventable, and may focus on the individual or surroundings. Typically children and teenagers are the prime focus of the prevention procedure.

GOAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

Substance abuse prevention is the proactive process that is conducted in an attempt to limit discomfort associated with absence of that particular substance or to prevent onset of substance utilization. The first and foremost goal of the prevention process is to delay onset of use of the illicit drugs, because people who have become substance abusers in their early teenage have been shown to develop more dependence than adult substance abusers.
Some protective factors regarding the issue includes:

  •     Strong family bonds
  •     Academic success
  •     Parental engagement in child’s life
  •     Strong bonds with family, school and community groups
  •     Conventional norms about drugs and alcohol

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM

The substance abuse prevention program needs an understanding of the disease of addiction, thus increasing the effectiveness and diminishing the related costs. Effective programs should also incorporate strong monitoring and evaluation components, and should be based on scientific evidence.
Numerous community and school-based prevention programs have been introduced to educate children about the consequences of drug abuse. These programs are age-specific and allow children to be more interactive. Examples of these kinds of programs include student assistance programs, peer-to-peer support groups, LST (Life Skills Training), Project ALERT, etc
However besides these prevention programs, any individuals and groups are responsible for prevention process.

substance abuse teenROLES OF PARENTS
Parental substance abuse and mental illness may drive children to the path of substance abuse. They must be aware of the fact that they are the role model of their children and must talk with their kids regarding the harmful effects of drug abuse or get a specialist help locally or online on places like www.drbma.com.

ROLES OF COMMUNITIES

Communities may increase awareness on proper storage and usage of prescription drugs, and the consequences associated with improper disposal of drugs. Access to illicit drugs should be restricted by law enforcement. Proper education may be provided to youths regarding risk of prescription misuse. OTC drug marketing to youth may be reduced by working with retailers. Youth work employment opportunities may be increased to fight against substance abuse that is associated with unemployment-related depression.

ROLES OF EMPLOYERS

Employers may introduce employee assistance programs to offer counseling in substance abuse and implement programs for staffs to motivate them resist engaging in substance abuse.

ROLES OF CLINICIANS

Clinicians may minimize the utilization of long-acting opioids for management of acute pain and use SBIRT or any alternatives for identification and screening of patients for excessive drug abuse.

The substance abuse prevention program needs an understanding of the disease of addiction, thus increasing the effectiveness and diminishing the related costs. Effective programs should also incorporate strong monitoring and evaluation components, and should be based on scientific evidence.

Alternative Medicine Defined

Alternative Medicine Defined Alternative medicine is a term that may be difficult for many to understand.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), alternative medicine is “the array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine.”

Two terms often used interchangeably are “complementary medicine” and “alternative medicine”.

  • Complementary medicine consists of using a non-mainstream treatment along with traditional medical treatment.
  • Alternative medicine refers to the use of non-mainstream treatment instead of traditional medicine.

Close to 40 percent of Americans use some type of alternative medicine, either in conjunction with traditional medical approaches or as a stand-alone approach in the management of specific diseases or conditions, or to achieve or maintain maximum health. Ask a doctor if alternative medicine is right for you.

History

natural medicine still lifeThe practice of alternative medicine in Eastern countries has been traced as far back in history as 5000 years.

Healing practitioners in China and India began using therapies to promote healing of the mind as well as the body.

In China, emphasis centered on creating a strong body and mind with the belief that strong bodies would not succumb to illness or disease. In the country of India, the alternative medical practice of Ayurveda was developed. The focus was to bring about harmony and balance of the body, spirit and mind.

Alternative medicine entered Western countries about 2000 years ago and was practiced by both professional medical doctors and at home. Treatments included use of herbal and nutritional supplements and water therapy.

As time passed, disciplines and philosophies such as naturopathy and homeopathy were developed. Multiple physical and mental illnesses and disorders were addressed and treated.

Present

In current times, we find that practices formerly considered outside of mainstream medicine are now used in hospitals and clinics across the globe. The use of herbs and supplements has become common place and is often recommended for the treatment of a multitude of conditions.

Massage, acupressure and acupuncture are now widely prescribed by conventional physicians as studies are conducted. Illnesses and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and chronic pain have been treated successfully. More and more, medical advice may include the use of one of these types of treatment.

What Type of Therapy is Available?

NCCAM divides these approaches into two categories: natural products or mind and body approaches.

  • Natural Products include herbs, mineral, vitamins and probiotics. As more and more research into these products is conducted, their use has become more widespread. The most popular natural products used are Echinacea and fish oil or omega 3s.
  • Mind and Body Approaches are a large group of disciplines administered by a teacher or practitioner that has received training in a specific area. The list includes are massage, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and yoga.

Other disciplines that may not fit into these categories are naturopathy, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine.

Use of alternative medicine should always follow medical advice. Ask a doctor if these therapies can help you manage your condition. Seek medical advice before beginning any form of therapy.