Steps to Prevent Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a serious issue that affects a wide variety of people. Whether the abused substance is alcohol or illicit drugs, the use of harmful substances can cause significant harm to the user and their loved ones. OneEighty provides multiple prevention and education services in Wayne and Holmes Counties for community groups, schools, businesses, and individuals in the community.

Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

A wide range of behavioral or physical changes can result from substance abuse. Teens may experience trouble at school, while adults may become chronically late and perform poorly at work. Individuals struggling with addiction often exhibit altered behavior, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Depression, irritability, and withdrawal from normal activities often occur. Addicted individuals may become defensive when questioned about these changes or whether they are using harmful substances. Changes in physical appearance and asking to borrow money are also common habits. 

Preventing Drug Use in Teens

As a parent, one of the best things you can do to prevent drug abuse is taking time to speak with your children. Ask if their friends use alcohol or drugs. Explain the consequences of substance abuse. Set appropriate boundaries while showing your love. Most importantly, take time to listen to what your teen says. Your example and conversations could be the biggest factor in helping teens avoid becoming involved with harmful substances. If you need help getting the conversation started, They Will Listen and Turning Point Coalition are two great local resources.

No matter what stage of the substance abuse cycle your loved one might be in, your appropriate assistance and input can make a valuable difference on their road to recovery. If you or a family member needs help, please reach out to OneEighty at 330-264-8498.