Realizing that you may have an alcohol or drug use issue is a sign that you should exercise precaution when it comes to substance use. For many individuals that come from families where substance use is a problem, they may find that they are sensitive to drugs and alcohol and may wonder; can I do anything to prevent addiction? There are some preventative steps that you can take to avoid drugs and alcohol that may help you in avoiding excessive and chronic substance use.

For many individuals, education regarding substance use is a useful tool in preventing addiction. Learning to develop positive behaviors and habits such as keeping a support of family and friends that do not have substance use and participating in activities that do not involve drugs and alcohol can go a long way in helping you prevent addiction.

The best addiction prevention begins in the teenage years since many youth begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol at the age of 13. The reasons teens turn to substance use are diverse and may include difficult transitions such as the divorce of parents, relocating to a different school or moving to a new state and having to make new friends. Some teens succumb to peer pressure, or in an effort to fit in may begin to use drugs and alcohol. While some teens simply go through an experimental phase with drugs and alcohol that they will grow out of.  

Regardless of how old the individual is though, understanding how drug and alcohol use begins is a good place to start for preventing addiction. For example if you are using drugs for recreational purposes, overusing or misusing prescription drugs or drinking to get drunk; this is a sign that you may be developing counterproductive habits regarding substance use.

If you already have a drug or alcohol use problem, it is important that you get help now. Depending on how much substance use you have; the frequency of the use and how long you have been using; it may be necessary for you to go to a detox center. Detox will remove the chemical toxins that are a result of your substance use and clean your system. When you complete detox you will be ready to being your new life, substance free.

Many individuals find that after detox they need to enter a program that can help them rebuild their life after drugs and alcohol. There are a variety of rehab treatment and alternative programs available to help you stay on the right track and avoid drugs and alcohol such as 12 step programs, holistic programs and cognitive behavioral education programs.

Avoiding situations that may lead you back to, or into drug and alcohol use is an important preventative measure. We have all heard the saying, “You are the company you keep” and there is a lot of truth in that. If your only friends are individuals that use drugs and alcohol, then it is only a matter of time before you begin to do the same. However, having a plan for your life with goals and working towards them will help you develop different behaviors and habits as well as a different group to spend time with.

St. Jude Retreats offers a six week, cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self change and self assessment to make productive choices and to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and will ultimately help you achieve a happier life.