Why use the social norms theory? (Article series 5 of 7)
May 23, 2024
Why use the social norms theory? (Article series 5 of 7)
Note:  This is the fifth in a series of articles on prevention. What makes you behave the way you do? What influences your actions? People’s behaviour is influenced by a combination of factors including their environment, cultural upbringing, personal beliefs, experiences, peer pressures, media influences, and societal norms (Berkowitz, 2005; Dempsey, 2018). These factors undeniably interact together in a way that influences our actions and decisions whether that be positive or negative, ...
What are the models of prevention? (Article series 4 of 7)
May 16, 2024
What are the models of prevention? (Article series 4 of 7)
Note:  This is the fourth in a series of articles on prevention.IntroductionWhen trying to solve a large problem, it is important to think about ways to tackle it from a variety of directions. For example, when building a tower with blocks, it can be a good idea to stack blocks one on top of the other. For some types of blocks, this is a great method. However, for other types ...
Why is prevention important for adolescents? (Article series 3 of 7)
May 9, 2024
Why is prevention important for adolescents? (Article series 3 of 7)
Note:  This is the third in a series of articles on prevention.Why is prevention important for adolescents?The best addiction prevention strategy is not necessarily the one that aims at eradicating the problem of addiction among adults. What many adults have become in their adulthood is more likely to be the product of the lifestyle in their youth. Implementing alcohol or drug prevention strategies to tackle the adulthood addiction problem is ...
What are the negative effects of addictive substances? (Article series 2 of 7)
May 2, 2024
What are the negative effects of addictive substances? (Article series 2 of 7)
Note:  This is the second in a series of articles on prevention. Introduction  Addictive substances might offer a temporary escape, but the harsh reality is that they are causing serious damage. While these addictive substances present themselves as quick fixes for life's challenges they take a devastating toll on individuals, families and communities alike (Lander et al, 2013). We will be diving in to explore the physical, psychological and social consequences ...
Why prevention is better (Article series 1 of 7)
April 25, 2024
Why prevention is better (Article series 1 of 7)
Note: This is the first in a series of articles on prevention. Introduction Addiction is a silent predator, lurking in the shadows of our society, claiming countless lives every year. When it comes to fighting addiction and substance abuse, it is more efficient to stop them from happening in the first place than trying to fix them later on. Do you know that the socioeconomic and health harm caused by addiction ...