National Prevention Week Continues to Raise Awareness on Substance Abuse
Beginning this past Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19, it is National Prevention Week. This week is designed to raise awareness about substance abuse and behavioral health problems. With a Drug Epidemic ravaging throughout the nation, this week plays a critical role in breaking the stigma on substance use disorders and bringing attention to the public health issue that it has become.
What Is National Prevention Week?
National Prevention Week occurs during the middle of May to increase awareness about drug abuse and substance use disorders. It is chosen during this time of the year because research has indicated that this is the time of the year that young adults are most likely to experiment with drugs for the first time. This annual observance of National Prevention Week is recognized by many communities and related organizations that shed light on the importance of taking preventative measures with substance use disorders.
The theme of National Prevention Week 2018 is: Action TODAY. Healthier TOMORROW.
Related: Read here about National Prevention Week in 2016
Understanding Substance Abuse & Addiction
The reality behind substance abuse is that it can lead to a drug addiction. The disease of addiction has impacted the entire nation, especially now during one of the worst Drug Epidemics in history. Prevention plays a critical role in protecting individuals, especially adolescents, from developing substance use disorders. Raising awareness about drug abuse and addiction is also vital because it gets accurate information out to the public, including information on signs, symptoms, and treatment for substance use issues.
Related: Learn more about National Prevention Week 2018 from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Addiction is a disease, but is treatable. If you or someone you love is suffering from a substance use disorder, there is treatment available. The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs has been dedicated to helping alcoholics and addicts recover for 20 years. Beginning with a medical detox and inpatient rehabilitation program, The Watershed offers a full continuum of care to provide the critical treatment you need. Call The Watershed today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: drug prevention, National Prevention Week, Prevention, substance abuse, substance use disorders