The way Substance Use Disorder Prevention should work is you get to decide your future at a young age…
Substance use/mental health disorders can have a powerful effect on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities. It is estimated that by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.
Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and young-adults are critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health. If communities and families can intervene early, behavioral health disorders might be prevented, or symptoms can be mitigated – SAMHSA
…which means, delaying drug/alcohol use significantly increases a young persons changes of not developing Substance Use Disorders each year they can delay.
Substance use disorder and many mental health concerns are insidious – they proceed in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects many life-altering. So in the same incremental way, it appears there is not a quick fix or solution to substance use/mental health disorders.
Substance use/mental health disorders aren’t an adult or youth problem it’s a human problem. It’s complicated and important that communities come together to bring awareness and an understanding to what prevention, intervention, acute treatment needs, and aftercare/recovery could look like in communities where individuals and families feel safe to share their experiences and receive support.
Healing starts with prevention education and more often the focus needs to be on youth – Engage, Educate, & Empower.