why we need to stop
Abuse of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, kills more than half a million Americans each year. They die from overdoses, accidents, illness, and other causes. Drug abuse keeps people from having the best lives they can. Drug abuse can hurt your Physical Health, your Careers, your relationships, your family and friends. Drugs will leave you in a Depression state, drugs cost a lot money, and overall destroy you life.
how can we help
Treatment works. It helps people recover from addiction. But the best protection from the dangers of drugs is to not start in the first place. Parents should watch their kids, even good kids might try it. Avoid self-blame. You can support a person with a substance abuse problem and encourage treatment, but you can't force an addict to change. You can't control your loved one's decisions. Letting the person accept responsibility for his or her actions is an essential step along the way to recovery.