Addiction is a Preventable, Chronic Disease The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is committed to getting out in front of addiction, with prevention efforts aimed at keeping healthy kids, teens and young adults healthy. All young people deserve the chance to figure out who they are, what they care about, and how they want to contribute to the world. But those hopes and dreams can disappear when alcohol or other drugs enter the picture. Fortunately, there are proven-effective addiction prevention approaches to help youth, families and communities address the risks and realities of early substance abuse. The most promising efforts equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make healthy choices. These addiction prevention efforts draw from: Emerging research on adolescent brain chemistry Scientific findings about risk and protective factors associated with early substance use Accurate data on youth attitudes and behaviors related to substance use Parents become effective prevention agents in their own homes when they recognize the essential role they play in keeping kids drug free during childhood and adolescence.