Education about substance abuse is an important part of helping individuals understand the many aspects of this topic.
Education includes information on how to support a family member or friend who is struggling with substance abuse, and how to be supportive during the detoxification and rehabilitation process.
This will include counseling and education, which helps everyone involved, from the person abusing substances to family and friends. It is also important that the people who abuse substances are aware of how a drug can affect their minds, bodies, relationships, and functioning.
The stigma (prejudice and discrimination) associated with substance use and mental health problems creates barriers to accessing necessary care.