Drugs are chemicals that alter the way the body functions.

These chemicals affect the way you think, feel and act. Medicines are drugs that can help cure sickness, relieve pain and prevent illness but some drugs are illegal and have no medical use.

Addiction

A person builds up a tolerance to the substance and they need more and more of it to achieve the same feelings as when they first started. This increases the chances of serious or fatal effects. The body and brain must have the substance and without it, the person may go into withdrawal and experience feelings of sickness.

Health Concerns

  • Drugs can damage the body including the brain and therefore can be life-threatening.
  • Drugs can impact an individual’s ability to think, remember and learn.
  • Drugs impact coordination, thus increasing the risk of fatal auto crashes if driving under the influence.
  • Drugs can lower the immune system causing an increase in susceptibility to colds and the flu.
  • Drugs can alter an individual’s mood (feelings of depression & unhappiness).
  • Many times suicides are drug-related, especially among teens.

 

Where can I go for help?

Students can seek help from the Counseling Center or the Health and Wellness Center on campus or any other professional mental health counselor or physician. You can also go to the county services, Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Resource

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_addiction

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