Protective factors are elements in a person’s life that help reduce the risk of having problems with alcohol or drugs. These can be elements that allow an individual to:
Someone with greater personal and social skills and positive self-esteem can make better decisions for himself or herself. These decisions can affect drinking, drug use and gambling habits, as well as other aspects of his or her life.
Here are examples of protective factors:
Protective factors allow you to acquire or develop various social and personal skills, including:
Other factors can help reduce the risk of developing disorders associated with drinking, drug use and gambling. To learn more, read Maintaining Good Mental Health.
Last update: May 13, 2016 10:07 AM
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