Evidence-based program Can Help Prevent Addiction Risk for Kids

Evidence-based program Can Help Prevent Addiction Risk for Kids

We all remember public anti-drug programs like D.A.R.E or “Just Say No”.

Well, research shows that programs like these were largely ineffective and did little to curb drug use by children deemed to be at highest risk.

A recent article in the New York Times pointed to a new anti-drug program being tested around the world.

And the program, called Preventure, “recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction,” according to the article.

Preventure’s personality testing programs focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. The program recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction.

According to the article, early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits before they cause problems.

A 2009 study also showed that Preventure reduced symptoms of depression, panic attacks and impulsive behavior.

For kids with personality traits that put them at risk, learning how to manage traits that make us different and often difficult could change a trajectory that can lead to tragedy.

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