Illegal and prescription drug consumption has wreaked havoc on millions over the years. All too many teens, young adults, and even middle-aged individuals are turning to drugs and putting themselves in great danger. What can be done to alleviate this problem? Read on to find out.
High schools and colleges, more often than not, serve as breeding grounds for potential drug consumption because of the peer pressure factor. However, even adults are not always safe from the throes of the need to ‘fit in’. It is always advisable to talk to such people and convince them they’d do well to have a better group of friends who won’t push them to do something they don’t want to do.
Being aware of the risk factors
There are certain environmental and biological risk factors that increase people’s likelihood of consuming drugs, such as a family history of drug addiction, residing in a locality that glorifies drug use, etc. Being aware of them can help a person overcome a potentially deadly habit faster.
Dealing with pressure the right way
One of the major risk factors for drug consumption is stress. However, this need to escape from life’s problems has only ended up making things more stressful for those who take to drugs. There are far better ways to unwind and de-stress, such as exercise, meditation, reading, seeking therapy, and even going on a vacation. Drugs can’t address the root of one’s anxiety and merely serve as a crutch- a rather weak one at that.
An overwhelming majority of people become addicted to drugs either because they are unhappy, or something is missing from their lives. It is important for such individuals to have their priorities in order and look at the big picture rather than make the mistake of depending on a ‘short-term solution’ which only does more harm than good.
It is equally important for loved ones or friends to always secure their medicine cabinets, as painkillers and anti-anxiety pills are some of the most widely-abused prescription drugs.