National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

“It is easier to stay off drugs than to get off drugs” ~ Author unknown

Once a year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In 2013, SAMHSA will focus on substance abuse prevention during the month of October and how prevention can create safe and healthy communities.

Nipping substance abuse in the bud, before it has a chance to blossom into the full-blown nightmare that it is, will improve an adult’s or teen’s odds of living a happier, healthier, more positive and more constructive life.

Be a good neighbor and go the extra mile

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” ~ Jesse Jackson

Living inside every community is someone struggling with substance abuse and attempting to fight the good fight. Maybe they hide their struggle well, but the fact remains; they need support.

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a great opportunity to help those in your community needing help but may be too embarrassed to come forward.

 SAMHSA offers some great ideas on how to get involved.

  1. Struggling with substance abuse? Commit to abstaining and sharing the Prevention Pledge with friends, neighbors and family for support and accountability.
  2. Utilize social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to post information and facts about National Substance Abuse Prevention Month encouraging others to get involved in their communities as well
  3. Host a substance-free block party or backyard BBQ in your neighborhood this year in honor of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
  4. Invite Neighborhood Watch captains to organize multiple events throughout the community and be sure to include local government officials
  5. Encourage co-workers to do the same in their neighborhoods

Education and awareness play a huge role in preventing drug abuse; help get the word out.

“The Discovery House is licensed by the State of California as a residential treatment facility, but is not licensed to perform medical services.  While we strive to provide the highest degree of recovery and treatment care, The Discovery House does not offer medical services.”

About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.

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