With attitudes towards substance abuse varying to greatly even within the drug-taking section of the community, any pledge against drug abuse has to, by necessity, be firm, inclusive and non-judgmental. This would enable non-alienation for those that need the resultant care plans and therapies the most.

Family breakdown, financial issues, and social isolation aside, the bigger picture is overwhelming impact upon healthcare provision services and endemic substance abuse within certain sections of the community as a norm.

Taking a firm pledge against drug abuse requires an equal balance of understanding, and strict zero-tolerance policy. The set of circumstances for an individual to tip even recreational occasional use into abuse and addiction will be as varied as the reasons they may make any number of other life choices, from the trivial to the significant. Commonly, you, the individual, will experience considerable condemnation amongst any commitment to help.

As with breaking any habit, making sure that any triggers, be they stress, peer group pressures, depression or other medical issues are at least reduced and preferably removed is key. On top of that, making sure that you have removed yourself from any source of supply, or other means to obtain drugs is essential. For many, going “cold turkey” can be as dangerous as drug abuse in the first place, so proper medical support, counseling and supervision should be in place.

When breaking a habit, the most effective tool at your disposal is to put another habit in its place; most effective when tackling drug abuse is to invest in the individual. Proper understanding of the reasons why you might fall into this situation in the first place is the key step in taking the pledge to tackle drug abuse.