Drugs abuse can affect the lives of those caught up in it in ways they might not expect. It can affect health, relationships, job and education. Recognising there is a problem with drugs is an important first step in seeking help and treatment.
Drug addiction can be treated, but it’s important that the person using drugs seeks help and support to figure next steps, rather than trying to deal with it on their own.
Drug abuse is often associated with illicit drugs such as speed, ice (crystal meth) or heroin, but prescription or over-the-counter medicines can also be abused, as can alcohol.
Alcohol is the most widely used legal drug in Australian society. It is so widely used, that many people don’t think of it as a drug, and may not realise that it can be very harmful.
Signs of addiction
- avoiding people who don’t use drugs.
- having problems with relationships.
- using drugs to cope emotionally, socially or physically.
- neglecting activities like work, study or social commitments.
- participating in dangerous activities due to drug use, such as driving under the influence of drugs.
- lying about how much you are using.
- financial problems associated with buying drugs.
- selling belongings or stealing from others to pay for drugs.
- being uncomfortable if you don’t have drugs or needing more of the substance to experience the same effects.
- having withdrawal symptoms.
- being dependent on the drug.
- losing weight.
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