WHAT IS DRUG ABUSE?
Drug abuse, drug addiction or substance use disorder is a mental health disorder that affects brain behaviours when you can’t resist the urge of using drugs, no matter how much harm they cause. Alcohol abuse is a type of drug abuse.
WHAT CAUSES DRUG ABUSE?
- Peer pressure
- Mental health disorder
- Taking an highly addictive drug
- Family involvement is usually minimal
- Feeling that you have to use the drug daily, or even several times a day e.g. you could be taking a drug after it's no longer needed for a health problem.
- Having intense urges for the drug which blocks out other thoughts
- Spending money on drugs even if you can’t afford it
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drugs
- You sleep too much or too little, compared with how you used to. Or you eat a lot more or a lot less than before.
Signs that someone might be addicted
- Changes in personality and behaviour like a lack of motivation, easily irritated or agitated
- Bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses
- Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech
- Change in their daily routines
- Lack of concern for personal hygiene
- Unusual need for money; financial problems
- Changes in friends and activities
WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?
Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments.
Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
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