General: Risk reduction programs may help prevent individuals who are predisposed to addictions from becoming dependent on drugs or gambling. These programs have trained counselors and advisors who teach skills to help individuals avoid unwanted consequences related to drugs or gambling.
Substance abuse: Having knowledge about drug abuse is the key to preventing drug addictions.
Individuals who feel depressed, suffer from psychological disorders, or were abused should seek help. Treating such conditions promptly reduces the chances that the patient will self-medicate with drugs.
Individuals who are recovering from drug addictions should avoid the temptation to use drugs. Individuals should not spend time with others who are using drugs or expose themselves to environments where drugs are present.
Individuals who use intravenous drugs (such as heroin) should not share needles with others. Sharing needles increases the risk of transmitting or acquiring infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.
Gambling addiction: There is currently no known method to prevent gambling addictions. However, individuals may decrease their risks of developing gambling problems by limiting the amount of time they spend gambling.
It is also important to seek help as soon as a problem is identified. This may help prevent the addiction from worsening.
Individuals who have gambling addictions should avoid temptations to gamble. Recovering compulsive gamblers who suddenly feel the urge to gamble should talk to their healthcare providers to prevent a relapse from occurring.
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