Admitting that you have an addiction is the hardest part of recovery. Unfortunately, addiction and alcoholism affect people from all walks of life, with about 1 in 12 U. S. adults suffering from substance use disorder.
Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to prevent addiction before it starts. Self-care, relationships, and healthy coping skills are key to avoiding addiction. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help the brain and body cope with stress, reducing the temptation to rely on drugs and alcohol. Additionally, preventing early drug or alcohol use can reduce the risk of addiction.
Education, strengthened support systems, and greater awareness of factors affecting substance abuse can also help mitigate risks. When cravings arise, look for things that will help you occupy your time and keep your mind off drugs. Talking to a friend, watching a TV show, reading a book, or going for a walk can provide enough distraction while you wait for the craving to pass. Finally, protecting yourself with trusted friends is a great way to avoid peer pressure.