Drug addiction and abuse is rising rapidly in the UK and around the world. Over the past ten or even twenty years, the percentage of employees within organisations testing positive for drugs has reached an all-time high with the likes of heroin becoming more and more common.
These trends aren’t limited to certain social economic demographics either as they carry through all parts of society, from the boardroom to the classroom, impacting professionals through to students. While the reason behind this frightening trend isn’t necessarily apparent, the obvious need to reverse it is.
How Can We Help?
Here at Infinity Addictions, providing a comprehensive list of therapies, ranging from detox to environmental therapy is a great method of addressing an existing issue. The question is however, what can be done to address the problem of substance abuse before it actually becomes a full-blown, life altering addiction? That’s where education comes in and has shown itself to be one of the best prevention methods available.
How Can Education Help Prevent Addiction Developing?
By improving drug education, a significant impact could be made on individuals, helping to battle substance abuse on a much wider scale before it becomes a real problem. Here’s how…
- It can give young minds a much wider knowledge and insight into the risks involved, giving them the information they need to make a much healthier choice for themselves and those around them.
- It can also help younger people in their ability to avoid things such as peer pressure and other negative scenarios often associated with substance abuse.
By informing individuals of the true dangers associated with drug use, you equip them with the necessary tools to avoid the challenging situations that may have otherwise led to the beginnings of drug use. Where exactly however should this education take place?
Drug Education In Schools: An Effective Place To Start?
A number of studies have shown the benefits of early intervention and education on the subject of drug use in schools and colleges. It’s been shown that most benefits occur when you not only educate on the risks involved but also by providing the social skills needed to avoid certain social situations.
Early intervention such as this can be key in a student’s ability to make their own personal life choices and their skills with regards to relationships. It can also highlight the huge impact that the media has on us and ways to avoid such influences by changing their perspective of such things, social media being one particular area.