Important Facts about Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Measure
The abuse of psychoactive substances has become rampant in many parts of the globe today. People of different ages and different walks of life are affected by the uncontrolled use and abuse of various illicit drug substances. This includes alcohol, cigarette smoking and the use of psychoactive drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. There has been great publicity for the health risks that an individual is exposed to when they use these substances. However, this has not hampered the use of the said substances. It is worth noting that there has been some improvement but it is not sufficient. Many government agencies and non-governmental organizations have taken upon themselves to educate the public on drug prevention and control measures. This is in a bid to eradicate the drug addiction menace as well as prevent newcomers.
It is said that prevention is better than cure and this applies literally in the case of illicit substance use and abuse. Many people initiate this habit because of peer pressure, media influence, lack of child or teen supervision, facing traumatic situations, exploration, and being exposed to illicit substances. The first sip or first smoke is what gets many individuals hooked. For some time the use of these substances is a source of joy and a source of getting high.
With time, the user of the substances loses their grip and control of the intake of the substances. They get to a point where the body demands to be supplied with the substances. At this point, the user of the substances suffers withdrawal symptoms when the level of the substance in the body goes down. Here, the user will cross the ocean to get to the illicit substance. Whether they are broke, at work or at an import event, they will find a way to get the supply of their illicit substance. At this juncture, such an individual is medically unwell and requires treatment.
Drug addiction is a traumatizing situation for the affected person, their family, associates, the community and the nation at large. The treatment of drug dependency is very complex. It requires a holistic approach. Even so, some patient still relapse back to their old habits. The treatment involves detoxification, medication administration, mental and psychological treatment. Often such individuals have to be isolated in order to deny them access to illicit substances. This exercise keeps the affected person away from their family and work for months on end.
It is a very expensive treatment program which many cannot afford to pay for from their pockets. The treatment of drug addiction patients costs the national coffers and the patient’s families millions of dollars each year. The saddest part of it is that some patients keep relapsing even after treatment while others succumb to the illness. This is why many organization have taken a proactive approach to prevent and control the use and abuse of illicit substances. They do this by organizing event and training programs for school going children, teens and the parents alike. They also intervene by giving psychological support to drug users. They encourage them and educate them on how to eradicate this habit.