1.) LIVE A HEALTHY, WELL-BALANCED LIFE
Along with finding healthy ways to reduce stress, living a healthy, well-balanced life is another way to decrease the risk of drug abuse. A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating, regular exercise, an active social life, and not smoking. By incorporating these activities, a person tends to have a happier and healthier life overall, which minimizes some of the temptations and triggers of drug abuse. An added bonus is that it also reduces the chance of developing many preventable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
2.) SPEND TIME WITH THE (RIGHT) FRIENDS
Socializing is an important aspect of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. However, the wrong relationships can trigger drug abuse. For example, being surrounded by others who abuse drugs will increase the risk of also abusing drugs. Conversely, being surrounded by those who do not use drugs will limit a person’s exposure and the peer pressure to be a user. Additionally, by choosing friends and family members who show love and support and provide a positive environment, a person will have less risk of encountering emotions that trigger drug abuse.
3.) LEARN TO HANDLE PEER PRESSURE
Peer pressure can play a significant role in drug abuse, especially for teenagers and young adults. By learning the best way to handle peer pressure and say no to using drugs, a person will be better able to withstand the temptation to use drugs. Likewise, avoiding situations where certain drugs and alcohol will be around, such as raves, parties, or other events, can help a person avoid such peer pressure.
4.) SEEK HELP
One of the best ways to prevent drug use is to seek help for mental illness or behavioral health problems. When a person feels overwhelmed by stress or emotions, talking to a therapist helps manage the situation so he or she will not feel the need to turn to drugs. Treatment will also help those who already find themselves abusing drugs