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5 Steps to Stop Drug Addiction Before it Starts

Recovering from an addiction is not a simple process. There are many different ways to cope. Recovering from addiction also means changing what your previous routine was in your life. This may mean making a completely new group of friends, or moving away to new city, or getting rid of anything or anyone that may contribute to the possibility of relapse. Ken Seeley, a contributor writer for Psych Central, has 5 steps to help you stop drug addiction before it starts:

  1. Find healthy ways to cope with stress
  2. Seek therapy or counseling
  3. Maintain a lifestyle that makes you happy 
  4. Have things in your life that you care deeply about
  5. Be aware of your family's history with substance abuse

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.