Drug misuse means using drugs in a way that harms you or causes you
to harm others. You can misuse illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or
Most of the time, a drug problem starts with
casual use. You may not think there will be a problem if you use a drug once or
twice. But drug use can become a drug problem and drug dependency, and it sometimes
Drugs change your brain's structure and how it
works. Teens who continue to use drugs may develop a strong need, or craving,
for the drug, and it may get harder to say "no" to drug use. You may start to
find drugs more fun than anything else. Or you may want to stop using drugs but
can't. You may become dependent on a drug.
If you become dependent,
the drug controls your life. You may continue to use the drug even though it
can harm your relationships, lead to trouble with the law, and/or cause
Teens may use drugs for many reasons. They
may want to:
Drugs can change how well you make decisions, how well you think,
and how quickly you can react. They can make it hard for you to control your
actions. Drug use can:
Drugs also can change how you feel about your life. Drug
use can lead to depression and suicide.
If someone offers you drugs, here are some ways to say "no."
Treatment for a drug problem or dependency usually includes group
therapy, one or more types of counselling, and drug education. Sometimes
medicines are used to help you quit. Teens who are dependent on drugs may need
medical treatment and may need to stay in a hospital or treatment
Treatment focuses on more than drugs. It also helps you
cope with the anger, frustration, sadness, and disappointment that often happen
when a person tries to stop using drugs.
Treatment also looks at other parts of your life, like your
relationships with friends and family, school and work, medical problems, and
living situation. It helps you find and manage problems. Treatment helps you
take control of your life so you don't have to depend on drugs.
drug problem affects the whole family. Family counselling often is part of
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Current as of:
November 3, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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