Drug Abuse (cont.)

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Can drug abuse and addiction be prevented?

A number of different prevention approaches have been found to be effective in decreasing the risk of drug abuse and addiction. Simple lifestyle changes, like increased physical activity and using other stress reduction techniques, are thought to help prevent drug abuse and dependence in teens. More formal programs have also been found to be helpful. For example, the Raising Healthy Children program, which includes interventions for teachers, parents, and students, has been found to help prevent substance abuse and addiction in elementary school children when the program goes on for 18 months or more. The prevalence of easier access to technology has led to the development of computer-based prevention programs. Such programs have been found to be very promising in how they compare to more traditional prevention programs, as well as how many more people can be reached through technology.

Where can people get help for drug abuse or addiction?

  • Al-Anon-Alateen: 888-4AL-ANON
  • Alcoholics Anonymous World Services: 212-870-3400
  • American Council on Alcoholism treatment referral line: 800-527-5344
  • Kids Against Drugs: http://www.kidsagainstdrugs.com
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 800-GET-MADD
  • Narconon: http://www.narconon.org/
  • Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.na.org
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcoholism and Drug Information: 800-729-6686
  • National Cocaine Hotline: 800-COCAINE (262-2463)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 800-NCA-CALL
  • National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: 301-443-3860
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.nida.nih.gov
  • National Resource Center: 866-870-4979

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/10/2014

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