Like most other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, drug addiction treatment is typically not a cure. Yet, addiction is treatable and can be managed successfully.  People recovering are susceptible to relapse for years, if not their entire lives. According to research, combining medications for treatment with behavioral therapy increases the likelihood of success for most people. Continued recovery is possible with treatment options suited to each person's recovery path.


Moreover, substance misuse and addiction are preventable. Daily drug use, harmful behavior, and mental illness adversely affect people. Effective prevention programs have been shown to positively impact the development of social and emotional well-being and reduce the likelihood of drug misuse. The results of research financed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that programs involving families, schools, communities, and the media help prevent and reduce drug misuse and addiction. 


Vital to preventing substance use disorder is equipping individuals of all ages with the resources they need to make healthy decisions and lead happy, full lives. Prevention and wellness initiatives aim to prevent substance misuse, empower people with substance use disorder, and promote general wellness.





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