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Prevention 101: Promoting Well-Being
Prevention and early intervention refers to efforts to prevent or reduce the occurrence of a particular problem or issue, such as substance abuse or mental illness. In the context of substance abuse, prevention efforts are often directed at individuals who do not require treatment for substance abuse but who may be at risk for developing a substance abuse problem.
Comprehensive primary prevention programs, practices, and approaches are a set of activities and services provided in a variety of settings, such as schools, communities, and healthcare settings, that aim to prevent or reduce the risk of substance abuse. These efforts may target the general population, as well as sub-groups who are at high risk for substance abuse, such as youth or individuals with a family history of substance abuse.
Prevention is not only better than cure, it’s cheaper.James Hal Cone
In addition to substance abuse, prevention and early intervention efforts can be directed towards other chronic diseases and illnesses, such as mental illnesses. By preventing or delaying the onset of these health problems, prevention efforts can help to reduce disability and improve overall health, education, workplace productivity, community engagement, and quality of life.
These efforts are typically based on a set of evidence-based strategies that have been shown to effectively prevent substance abuse and related health and social problems. Strategies may include education and awareness campaigns, screening and brief intervention, policy and environmental changes, and community-based interventions. By reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors, prevention efforts can help to promote mental health and prevent substance abuse and related health and social problems.
Prevention is the foundation of a prosperous and healthy society.Deepak Chopra