People experiment with many different substances, and many have no issues with the temptation to continue or become addicted. However, other people take a drug and become hooked quickly. So, if someone experiments with drugs or alcohol, how can they prevent a one-time mistake from turning into a harmful addiction? Discover some tips in today’s blog post.

 

Adolescence and Drug Addiction

You’ve heard the acronym, YOLO (you only live once) to motivate people to do things they’ve never done before. However, when it comes to trying drugs and alcohol in an adolescent, not even once should be the mantra. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), early drug usage increases a person’s chances of becoming addicted. Since drugs alter a person’s brain, especially in a growing adolescent’s brain, a pattern mustn’t develop, leading to addiction. 

Stressful events, such as divorce, moving, changing schools, or bullying, can be a factor in why a teen may try drugs, as well as peer pressure. If someone starts experimenting with drugs, it could lead to dependence quickly. Once someone is hooked on drugs, it becomes difficult to recover. In an adult that tries drugs, it’s less of a risk of addiction, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t occur. 

 

Tips To Prevent Addiction

Drug education and prevention begins at home. It’s vitally important parents talk to their kids about drugs at an age they can understand. A good time is typically in elementary school, around ten years old. However, if a child does try drugs, it’s important to know the signs and to address them immediately before they continue using it. Stopping further drug usage can prevent an addiction from forming. Other tips include:

 

Contact Ardu Recovery Center

Mistakes happen. Some mistakes have worse consequences than others. If you or your loved one made a mistake with drugs or alcohol and need help going through withdrawal and recovery, please give us a call. Our recovery programs are customized and include support and family involvement. Don’t let a mistake ruin your life. Call us today.

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