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Prevention of Substance Abuse: Early and Often

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In almost every aspect of your health, prevention of substance abuse is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent future health issues from arising. The issue of substance abuse is no exception. Studies have shown that preventative measures can be successful in preventing substance abuse. These include methods such as substance abuse education in school and at home, and public awareness campaigns. The following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration demonstrate the importance of prevention in the treatment of substance abuse.


Substance Abuse Prevention Statistics

  • “In 2011, the prevalence of past month use of illicit drugs or marijuana was lower among those who reported having exposure to drug or alcohol prevention messages.”
  • “In 2011, approximately one in eight youths aged 12 to 17 reported that they had participated in drug, tobacco, or alcohol prevention programs outside of school in the past year.”
  • “Research shows that for every $1.00 invested in prevention and early treatment programs, $2.00 to $10.00 could be saved in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.”
  • “Youths aged 12 to 17 who believed their parents would strongly disapprove of their using substances were less likely to use that substance than were youths who believed their parents would somewhat disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove.”


These statistics highlight the importance of substance abuse prevention efforts, especially among teenagers. Both in school and at home, teenagers who receive strong messages against substance use are less likely to engage in this behavior. Furthermore, not only are prevention efforts successful, they are also highly cost-effective, as prevention is cheaper than the costs that accumulate as a result of substance abuse such as health care and legal costs.

Parents & Teens

If you’re a parent and you want to talk to your teenager about substance abuse, take note of the fact that youths who believe their parents would disapprove of them using substances are less likely to do so. Substance use can be a difficult topic to broach, but it’s important to do so to reinforce a drug-free message for your teenager. If you believe your teenager may already be using substances, read our blog on how to recognize substance abuse in teenagers.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691. You can also contact us via email, and follow us on FacebookGoogle+Twitter and LinkedIn.

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