Drug abuse affects all of us – from our neighbors, coworkers, family and friends, to fighting for our own recovery. Volunteering and advocating against addiction is a great way to make a difference in your community. You can do this by educating, empowering, and motivating others to live a healthier life – the more support people have, the more likely they are to seek help before it’s too late. Too many tragic overdoses have occurred but, with your help, we can work together to stand for change.
U.S. News states that cracking down on prescribers who provide large quantities of narcotics in “pill mills” is one major step towards breaking the cycle of addiction. If you’re in the medical field and know of suspicious prescription activity, make sure you report this because it’s contributing to the opioid crisis we are currently facing.
Secondly, educating yourself on what proper addiction treatment should include can help you and your loved ones seek help that’s appropriate. For example, treatment options should include motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, family education and support, wellness efforts, and medication to help prevent relapse and promote recovery.
Take a stand for your community and volunteer at your local mental health or addiction organization to help educate your community on the dangers of addiction. This could be done by helping organizations set up community meetings, establishing more education programs, passing out information to residents, starting a campaign, and much more. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) notes that if you’ve experienced addiction and recovered or have witnessed first-hand the harmful effects that addiction can cause, you may be able to share your story with others to help motivate and inspire them.
The National Public Radio (NPR) covered the story of a community in Vermont who came together to create a grassroots organization called Project VISION, with the goal of reducing crime, improving treatment and cleaning up troubled neighborhoods. What sparked this event was the death of a high school senior who was killed by a driver who was high. The community stepped up and started something to help prevent this occurrence from happening again.
That is what we can do. We can come together to help others, share our story, and lend support to those who need it. Begin making a difference in your community today.
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