People who use drugs do so for a reason. Drugs usually serve a purpose or meet a need for people, at least initially. If this behavior continues, drugs often end up increasing a person’s problems rather than reducing them. Many drugs are addictive, and street drugs present additional risks since there are no controls on the quality, content, safety or strength of street drugs.
Drug use can have a negative impact not only on ourselves but on our family, friends and community. While drugs can damage the brain, heart, and other important organs, they can also affect our emotions and the way we feel, causing us to do things that we would not normally do. It is often harder to think clearly and make good decisions. It also has an impact on our reflexes, which includes a person’s ability to drive.
While alcohol and marijuana are the two main drugs of choice in our society, there are a number of other drugs both prescription and other drugs that people may take.
Drugs cause different experiences and reactions in each person. Our genetics, state of mind (mental health including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder) and reasons for using substances (curiosity, stress, thrill seeking, boredom, loneliness and isolation) can all play a part in how we respond to any substance/drug we put into our body. These characteristics all play a role in increasing a persons’ risk of developing an addiction or becoming dependent on drugs.
If you or somebody you care about experiences difficulty controlling their use seek professional help. For resources in your community contact: Connex Drug and Alcohol Help Line.