Psychological Approaches to Prevention

  • Brenna H. Bry


To be effective, drug abuse prevention policy must emerge from a scientific understanding of why some people abuse drugs while most people do not, despite drugs’ abuse potential. Apparently, other factors compete with or potentiate drug effects to determine actual use patterns. Indeed, research shows that there are life circumstances, known as protective factors, that reliably reduce the chances that an individual will abuse drugs. Likewise, there are life circumstances, known as risk factors, that increase those chances. It follows, then, that prevention policy should aim to ensure protective factors and eliminate risk factors from everyone’s life.


Drug Abuse Behavior Problem Protective Factor Family Therapy Substance Abuse Treatment 
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  • Brenna H. Bry
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Applied and Professional PsychologyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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