HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section V – Common Mental Health Problems
Drug dependence and abuse both involve the misuse of one or more drugs. These can be prescription medicines and/or illicit drugs.
Drug dependence is addiction. A person keeps using a drug even though doing so results in problems that affect the person’s mind, physical health and/or behaviors. Problems include:
Drug abuse is the repeated use of a drug that results in distress and daily living problems.
A person can abuse a drug without becoming addicted to it. Addicts, however, usually have distress and the daily problems that result from drug abuse.
Drug Facts Chart
Using drugs can cause physical and emotional problems. Drug use and abuse affects the users, their families, friends and co-workers. It is also costly, not only to the drug abusers and their families, but to their employers as well. If you are drug dependent or abusing drugs, get help. You can get help through:
The treatment for drug dependence and abuse varies and depends on the drug(s) being used and the person’s needs. Types of treatment include:
Questions to Ask
Prevent Dependence on Prescription Medication
There are several ways to lower the chances of letting drugs affect your life or someone else’s life. Techniques that follow can help accomplish this.
What You Can Do for a Friend or Relative
Persons abusing drugs may not realize or admit they have a problem. They may refuse to get treatment. If someone you know has a drug problem, the following tips can help you help them.
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