Prevention is the best way to stop our addiction epidemic. It is important to openly discuss concerns about drugs with your family, especially your children.
The “feel good” reaction of using alcohol and drugs can turn into addiction.
Genetic and environmental factors cause drug use to progress to addiction in some people. If you have a family member who has drug addiction or alcoholism it may run in your family.
The environmental factors can involve negative influences from family and/or friends, life stresses (money, relationship problems) and more.
Once a person is addicted, it is a life-long battle, affecting all aspects of life. Here is the true story of a person suffering from the disease of addiction:
Click Here: LIFE OF AN ADDICT
This very moving true story reminds us all to think 1000 times before taking addictive drugs. They bring on a horrible downward struggle and a very tough recovery that lasts for the rest of our lives.
What are ways we can prevent addiction?
1) AWARENESS OF ADDICTIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
One way is to be aware of prescriptive medications that may be addictive – there are actions you can take.
Click MEDICATIONS to find more information.
2) EDUCATION/PREVENTION AT SCHOOLS?
Many schools address drug and alcohol education & prevention through a comprehensive approach which involves education and awareness, building strengths to promote resilience, and direct intervention.
For Examples of education and prevention in our schools, click SCHOOLS.
3) WHAT ARE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS THAT COULD HELP?
Some important strategies to prevent substance abuse are community involvement such as volunteering, developing natural social supports, engaging in activities that promote health and learning new skills.
Go to COMMUNITY to learn more.
Here are some places where you can get involved and start connecting with other community members:
4) LINKS TO OTHER KEY INFORMATION
A) Warning Signs
This document talks about the things you can look for in children, friends, relatives that may mean they are using drugs. Intervention could help save a life.
B) Parenting Teens
Go to http://parentupvt.org/ for important information on parenting a teenager – strategies, what to watch for, warning signs, monitoring behaviors, and much more
C) The Development Needs of Youth 12-18 Years Old
Go to Developmental Needs for a list of needs and possible actions we can all take to help the positive development of youth.
D) For Young People
Go to abovetheinfluence.com for strategies and thoughts about how you yourself can resist the temptation of drugs
Help is available: Help For Teens
Books on Addiction for Discussion with Youth BOOKS
Unbound Grace ~ Sentinel Farms Programming focuses on the healthy maturation of the youth involved and straight forwardly assists youth with increasing their communication, coping and self-advocacy skills within a consistent and caring community. Focus is on physical activity. Enjoy the beauty of Vermont – – take a hike or walk, go for a bike ride or swim in one of our many lakes – or join in the many activities and learn new skills or share you gifts and talents with others while volunteering and building healthy community realtionships at Unbound Grace ~ Sentinel Farms. Click for more information on UnboundGrace
E) For Senior Citizens and their Care Givers
To find more information on Addiction services in VT Counties click on: