People with admitted with substance abuse problems are found to have waited for an average of 15.2 years to find assistance from the first time they got involved with the substance. The study of over 320,000 adults has shown that males fitting the above description took longer to find help. On average it took them 17.2 years. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration puts people in this category who have abused alcohol have 19.8 years as the number of years they have waited before seeking for treatment; on the other hand it took approximately 8 years for people who abused prescription painkillers to seek help. These figures indicate that substance abuse related problems can be undetected for a long time pausing a serious threat to the affected person’s health and to those around them. These justifies the reason for coming up with a health promotion program to prevent substance abuse prevalent in people falling within our description that will help identify the problem soon enough, accord the patient necessary treatment so that the patient, the community and friends do not experience prolonged years of misery (Green & Kreuter, 1999).
Over 3 $ 1.5 million teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 abuse tobacco, this statistics represent 15% of teenagers of that age group. Of that age group, 13% or 3 million abuse cigarettes and most of them fall under this target population. In America half a million people are killed by tobacco. Tobacco kills more people than all other addictive drugs put together. In every occurrence of 6 deaths, one is related to tobacco abuse.
Research studies done for over 25 years have related heavy smoking amongst teenagers to agoraphobia which is the fear of going outside. Panic attacks occur 15 times more often amongst teens who smoke. They also experience anxiety disorders and depression.
The objective of this research is to reduce ...Show more