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DRUG ABUSE

 

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

SIGNS

- 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?

Beating Addictions

Beatingaddictions.co.uk 

Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments.

 

DrugWise

Drugwise.org.uk 

Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

 

NHS Live Well

nhs.uk/livewell 

Advice, tips and tools to help with health and wellbeing.