Drug Abuse Prevention Minneapolis
- Parent Category: Metro
- Category: Minneapolis Drug Rehab
When it comes to drug abuse prevention there are several ideas, theories and methods that one can look to. The seizure of methamphetamine by law enforcement in the Minneapolis area was one of the major contributing factors of the reduction of methamphetamine use from 2006 to 2008. Reports show a decline of patients into treatment as well, 5.5 percent in 2008 compared to 12 percent in 2005. The numbers are still decreasing which is partly due to education resources being administered across the state in an attempt to educate children and parents about the dangers of methamphetamine and other drugs. Narconon Arrowhead, one the largest and most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the world, has been delivering drug education lectures to help educate people about drugs and drug abuse since 2001.
Drug abuse prevention starts at home. When parents talk openly and communicate with their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol it helps the child in tremendous ways. Children are often hesitant to talk about the things that go on at school with their friends to their parents for fear of being picked on or becoming an outcast. Parents can help with this by starting to communicate freely about their own everyday trails and tribulations at work and how it makes them feel. Since being at school and at the office can sometimes have similarities in the types of people who you meet while your there, it can be a great way to open the doors of communication just by sharing what happens on a daily basis. If your children feel you trust them enough to share with them what goes on at work they in turn will open up to you.
Prevention doesn’t stop there though; community involvement is a very important factor as well. Most communities have neighborhood watch programs, nightly curfews for individuals under 18 years of age, and committees that plan and organize events that support drug free activities. In areas where we see high community involvement the addiction rate and crime rates are normally much lower than in communities which have little to no participation. Remember the more involved you and your family can become in drug free activities together the better chance you will have of remaining a drug free family because by being educated and supporting a drug free life style you are setting a positive example for generations to come.