Information on addiction, withdrawal, misuse, and abuse.
Drug misuse is when any type of drug is used incorrectly. This can include taking too little or too much, taking someone else's drug, and not following directions. It's likely that you have unintentionally misused a drug before. It's important not to misuse drugs because it can often lead to drug abuse and addiction.
Drug abuse occurs whenever a legal drug is intentionally misused or an illegal drug is used. It affects every aspect of a person's life. Family and friends suffer and relationships can be destroyed, school performance is negatively affected, and other issues include money problems, health problems, and problems with the law. Drug abuse can often start small with something like overdosing or misusing a drug, but it can grow to be a huge problem in someone's life. Below are some ways to prevent drug abuse in yourself and those around you.
- Always use drugs as instructed, not just in a way that's convenient for you
- If you start to feel like you physically need a drug, tell a doctor immediately.
- If you start to feel like you need a drug to function normally, tell a doctor.
- Watch for signs of drug misuse or abuse in the people around you
- If someone around you starts to exhibit signs of drug misuse or abuse, tell a doctor, the police if necessary, or a professional who deals with rehabilitation.
- Just use drugs correctly, always be on the lookout, and you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Withdrawal is the way that your body responds when you stop using a drug that it is depending on. Once you become addicted to or dependent on a drug and stop using it, your body goes into withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, depression and irritability, and more. Going through withdrawal can cause mood-swings that damage your relationships with family. A person going through withdrawal is often best left alone, but has to be taken care of.