Substance Abuse Prevention

By: Lauren Davidson

Why do people abuse drugs?

  • Lack of information
  • Lack of skills in making good decisions
  • Difficulty in coping with strong emotions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Curiosity
  • Lack of clear standards/values
  • Feels good
  • Boredom
  • Escape from problems
  • Risk taking
  • Recreation
  • Advertising pressure
  • Status/sexy/macho/grown-up
  • Lack of refusal skills
  • No clear consequences
  • Modeling adult behaviors
  • Peer acceptance

Help others be aware! Stop drug abuse before it starts!

Prevent Drug Use!

Doing service makes it so you want to help others and in turn you help yourself. You take better care of yourself so that you can better help those around you. Managing your time will make it so that you aren't overwhelmed so you won't turn to drug use because of your problems. Also, having a healthy self-image will make it so you feel that you don't need the substance to make you feel like you are worth something. You will know you are worth something without it.

Positive things you can do instead!


  1. Go on a roller coaster
  2. Read a book
  3. Watch a movie
  4. Call a relative
  5. Spend time with friends
  6. Go on a date
  7. Learn something new
  8. Practice a skill
  9. Write to a friend
  10. Write a book
  11. Sing songs
  12. Do jump rope
  13. Exercise
  14. Go to church
  15. Participate in a school/city event
  16. Organize a club
  17. Dance
  18. Go for a drive
  19. Take a nap
  20. Eat candy
  21. Paint a picture
  22. Brush your hair
  23. Take a walk
  24. Play bingo
  25. Do family history

Where to go if you need help:

Parents, teachers, trusted adults, counselors, professionals, therapists, phycologists, rehabilitation clinics, relatives, and doctors are all available to help if you or your friends need help. Ask one of them and they will help you to get the help you need. If drug abuse is what you're struggling with then you probably can't do it on your own. Drugs have phycological effects on the brain that cannot be fixed by an inexperienced person. Professionals specialize in helping people with exactly that problem