Borderline Personality Disorde...

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and addiction can go hand to hand. The question that arises here is whether the hen came first or the egg? The same applied with BPD and with substance abuse.  they are not guaranteed co-occurring illness, talk about how many ppl with addiction have chances of this. What is Borderline Personality […]

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Living With Dementia Parent As...

Hello, I am Kamal Jeet Singh, I am a caregiver for my dad who’s suffering from dementia since 2016. Recently, I read a piece of news and got to know that 40-60% of dementia caregivers experience significant stress. Such an immense number kept me worried. According to my layman knowledge, at least 50% of them […]

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All you need to know about Fac...

Too much of anything is dangerous, and so is the same with Facebook. Yes, Facebook has become so popular that psychologists identified a new mental health disorder called “Facebook Addiction Disorder”. Yes, you heard it right!   “Facebook addiction according to psychologists, is a fine line between social networking and social dysfunction.” Infact – Facebook […]

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Is Parkinson’s a form of...

Yes, Parkinson’s disease is a type of Dementia. It is a progressive disorder that affects changes in the body movement. The average age of onset of Parkinson’s disease is 60 years and the longer somebody has it, the more likely they are to develop dementia. What causes the illness? What are the symptoms, risk factors […]

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Dementia Caregiver Stress

Frankly, caregiving is not an easy task to do. The role of a caregiver demands more patience, better understanding, self-discipline, above all a scads of responsibilities. If you are into this role, firstly, pat yourself on your back, you are doing a fabulous job! A recent study published by the National Academy of Science suggests […]

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Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Prevention.

The best way to not get addicted to a substance is to prevent its overuse on the first place. Substance abuse has been quiet a mental health issue affecting many lives. To minimize this research based prevention programs have been started and applied in various institutions.

Many of these prevention programs are targeted to adolescents, as this is the age many individuals start experimenting with substance. These programs use a lot to techniques that help in minimizing substance abuse. Let us look at the ways in which substance abuse can be prevented.

  • Delay the first intake: The goal of various prevention programs is to delay the first intake. Studies have shown that individuals who start substance intake before 14 years have higher chances to get dependent on it later in life. Early intake is also associated to various physical and mental health issues.
  • Effective parenting and strong family bonds: This is essential in the case of an adolescent. Parents need to have an open conversation with their child regarding substance abuse and set up rules regarding them. The family bond has to be strong so that the child depends on them when there is an issue. When they can completely rely on their family, chances of them depending on substance for relief decreases.
  • Promote effective coping strategies: Many individuals start using drugs or substance when they are stress and overwhelmed by an issue. And they rely on substance as they do not know how to effectively cope with the issue. Thus effective coping has to be promoted. Some of them can be; discussing with a friend, in case of stress, relaxation techniques can help, take a break from what is stressing you, etc.
  • Psycho education: Adolescents and young adults have to be educated about substance abuse, addiction and the effects of these in their lives. Once they know, they are in a better position to identify signs and take measure to prevent substance abuse.
  • Organize talks: These can be part of psycho education. In schools and colleges a law enforcer or a mental health professional can be invited to talk about the scenarios they come across with substance abuse. Along with that they could also provide measures that can be used when someone they know or one feels they are on the verge of substance abuse.

Prevention is not a sole responsibility of an institution or a particular person. Substance abuse is increasing and has become a social problem for many countries. Hence we all need to take measures to prevent it and encourage others to do the same. For best treatment options of substance abuse, call us now on +919611194949.

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