What is substance misuse?
Substance misuse is the continued use of drugs or alcohol despite negative issues or consequences that may arise because of the individuals use. All substance use has the potential to cause health, social and criminal consequences.
The most commonly used substances are alcohol, nicotine and cannabis, other commonly used substances are MDMA, M-CAT, Cocaine and Ketamine.
What causes substance misuse?
Substance use often starts when people are young and influenced by friends and family. Most peoples use will reduce as they get older, but for others it can become a problem. While initially they may have enjoyed the effects, they may find it increasingly difficult to enjoy life without substance use.
Some people may find that substance use helps them to deal with difficulties in their lives, and this can often lead to increased use. Substance use itself may then cause problems for the individual, financially or within their relationships influencing them to use more, creating a vicious circle.
Some people use substances to manage physical or emotional pain, often while providing short term relief, the substance use will have long term negative consequences.
What problems are caused by substance misuse?
Increased use of drugs or alcohol can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence making it harder for the individual to stop using despite the consequences.
Substance misuse can have severe consequences to the individuals physical and mental health, it can lead to family breakdown, financial difficulty, homelessness, arrest, unemployment and in some instances death.
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