Teen Challenge will teach you about drug, alcohol and smoking prevention, how to stop, and how to stay clean. If you are addicted to drugs you should try to stop with the help of a qualified support worker such as our qualified staff at Teen Challenge London. Below are some guidelines for drug prevention. We hope these principles will really help you to stay free, however sometimes you may need to break free from your environment to find freedom. This is where our rehab programme comes in.
There is a famous old statement from a wise person that says 'I hear the problem why people take alcohol these days is because this happened to me or that happened to me, or this is why, or that is why, but the real problem associated with alcohol is ALCOHOL. The people who don't do it don't get it.'
Find below some of the helpful prevention techniques.
Parents can take the following steps to help prevent drug dependency in their children:
The range of drugs to which you can become addicted is wide, and includes both legal and illegal drugs.
Drug dependence is characterised by impaired control over the drug, preoccupation with use, continued use despite negative consequence, and sometimes evidence of physical dependence on the drug. Various factors, such as your personality, your genetic makeup and peer pressure, affect your likelihood of becoming addicted to a drug. In addition, some drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, more quickly produce a physical addiction than other drugs do for many people.
Physical addiction appears to occur when repeated use of a drug alters reward pathways in your brain. The addicting drug causes physical changes to some nerve cells (neurons) in your brain. These also create negative behavioural patterns.
The changes that occur in this communication process vary with the type of drug to which you're addicted, though researchers have discovered that addictive drugs, such as cocaine and morphine, affect some areas of the brain in the same manner. If further research confirms findings such as this, it would be possible to develop more effective medications to combat addiction to more than one drug.
TIP: Try and change the places you go like the gym instead of the pub, the cinema instead of the night club, and have a fun hobby like cycling, fishing, sailing etc.. try going to your local church to find out what's on in the area, and hang around positive people making new friends that will lift you up and not pull you down. If you feel that you have lost everything and that these things maybe too hard for you to do then why not contact the Teen Challenge rehab.
What makes one person abuse drugs to the point of losing their home, their family and their job, while others don't?
There is no simple reason. Drug abuse and addiction is due to many factors. A powerful force in addiction is the inability to self- soothe or get relief from untreated mental or physical pain. Without the self-resilience and support to handle stress, loneliness or depression, drugs can be a tempting way to deal with the situation. Unfortunately, due to the changes drugs make to the brain, it can only take a few times or even one time to be on the road to addiction. Some other risk factors include:
Along with counseling and attending self-help groups, talk with your doctor or counselor about other ways you can boost your chances of staying drug-free. Following are some suggestions:
Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder, meaning you tend to fall back into old addictive behaviors, including drug use, even after treatment. The sooner you seek help, the greater your chances are for a long-term recovery. If you're initially reluctant to approach a doctor, help lines or hot lines may be a good place to start to learn about treatment. You can find these lines listed in the phone book or on the Internet.
Because denial is often a characteristic of addiction, many people who are addicted to or who abuse drugs won't seek medical treatment on their own. Family members, friends or co-workers may need to persuade the user to undergo screening for drug addiction. Breaking a drug addiction may involve counseling, an outpatient treatment program or residential treatment.
If you think you — or a friend — may be addicted to drugs, talk to Teen Challenge today. Apply to our drug rehab so we can give you the help you need free of charge. It's especially important for someone who is going through withdrawal from drugs to speak with a professional counselor. Withdrawal can be dangerous when it's not monitored, all our services are free for any type of drug withdrawal.