A January 2013 gathering of community leaders focused on the increasing abuse of prescription medications throughout Alabama. This regional conference brought together law enforcement, government leaders, and health officials to discuss the serious issue. Of particular concern to officials is the growing abuse of prescriptions medications among younger people who often view these drugs as being safer than street drugs. The officials believe that by banding together and focusing on education and prevention, they can win the battle against prescription drug abuse in towns like Madison, AL.
Staying Clear of Drugs and Alcohol
Breaking the cycle of substance abuse requires more than just refraining from drug or alcohol use. This process of recovery encompasses an individual’s entire life and usually leads an individual to make lifestyle changes. A few practical lifestyle changes for remaining free of substance abuse are listed below:
- Spend time with people who are not substance abusers – people who can support you and encourage your recovery. This may mean breaking ties with old friends who are still abusing drugs or alcohol.
- Avoid places where drugs and alcohol may be available. This might include bars and parties.
- When seeing a doctor for the first time, be open about your past history of substance abuse. Request that your provider work with you and provide the minimum amount of medication necessary.
Beginning the Process of Recovery
If you believe that someone you love in Madison has a problem with drugs or alcohol abuse, there are ways to help them. Treatment options are available to assist them through the process of recovery and learn how to live without relapse. To learn more about recovery, call the number above today.
Bradford Health Services
1600 Browns Ferry Rd
Madison, AL 35758-9601