Can I avoid developing an addiction?

You can reduce your risk of developing an addiction by making certain choices. To reduce your risks, you should:

  • Avoid illegal drugs: Never take illegal drugs, and always follow your provider’s orders for prescription drug use.
  • Know your family history: If you have a family history of substance use disorders, you may be more vulnerable. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to lower your risk.
  • Seek counseling: If you have a mental health disorder or history of trauma or abuse, talk to your provider about therapy. An experienced therapist can help you manage emotions and stress in a healthy way which will reduce your chances of developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and drugs for coping.

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