The only foolproof way to prevent addiction is to refrain from substance use in the first place. For a variety of reasons, however, this solution may be impractical, and even impossible, for a large number of people. Fortunately, there are other steps that can be taken that may help you or your loved ones from developing an addiction.

Therapy/Counseling: Discussing your pain, past trauma, and mental health issues with a therapist or counselor at an early age can help develop skills to manage impulses, cope with difficulty, and exercise control, which can make you less likely to use or become addicted to illicit substances in the future.

Cultivate Relationships: People with close family relationships are less likely to develop a substance addiction. For individuals who cannot develop such relationships, close relationships with responsible friends were found to have the same effect.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy diet and regular physical exercise promote a positive outlook focused on wellbeing, reducing the appeal of substance use and making addiction less likely. In addition, physical exercise causes the release of endorphins, a neurochemical comparable to morphine, in the body, essentially allowing exercise to serve as a replacement for the happiness and stress relief believed to provided by some substances.

Open Communication: Creating an environment in which you and your loved ones are able to speak openly about the difficulties you may be facing can make people less likely to turn to substances, thus avoiding the pitfalls of addiction.

Following these steps can be a powerful tool to prevent addiction, but sometimes it will be unavoidable. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone at any time.

If you are struggling with addiction, or know someone who is, the Asana Recovery Center may be able to help. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our drug and alcohol treatment program today.