Prevention Changes Lives and Creates Healthier Communities
National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 10 through 16
Substance abuse prevention remains an ongoing focus for the mental health community. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.
National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 10 through 16, and brings together communities across the country to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
“Drug abuse prevention begins with education, spreading the word regarding the dangers of drugs to oneself and to the community,” explains Shatia Dawkins, MSW, LCADC, Recovery Director. “It also involves the family, community or workplace in the prevention process.”
Below are five signs that your loved one may be dealing with a substance abuse problem:
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
- Lack of motivation.
- Fearful, anxious, or paranoid.
“We offer programs to help those with substance use disorders,” added Dawkins. “Our goal is to intervene in the progression of addiction in an atmosphere of compassion, safety and understanding.”