You might reach a point where you feel like the drugs are in control of you, rather than the other way around. Maybe you’re using in private, away from friends, and your life revolves around using substances to the point that other things like school, work or relationships are being negatively impacted. If so, you could be getting addicted, and addiction can often be linked with mental health problems.
There’s a risk that using drugs could make your mental health worse – or make you more likely to develop a mental illness.
There’s a strong link between cannabis use and paranoia and psychosis. Other drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms (psilocybin mushrooms) can make you physically very ill or cause you to hallucinate or have flashbacks.
It is very important to remember that substance use can also result in losing your life. Officials say that in 2020, 1,144 people died of opioid overdoses in Alberta. This number does not include non-opioid related deaths. It also does not include secondary loss of life such as drinking and driving, or other accidents that occur while under the influence.
If you’re going to take drugs, it’s important to know what effect different types of drugs have on your body and how to use safely. It is also really important to be brave and ask for help when you need it.
Treatment services and supports can help you if you are experiencing harms from substance use or addiction.
Understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment option is essential to providing the best possible care. By matching your unique situation with services that fit your needs, there is a better chance of recovery.
There are numerous options for treatment depending on what a person’s needs may be. Some treatment options include:
Sometimes it can be hard to tell anyone what you’re using and how often. It is alright if you don’t want to and you can focus instead on letting them know the effect your drug or alcohol use is having on your life and the problems it is causing you.
Sometimes people might find it helpful to write their thoughts down to help you speak about them or to gain confidence to tell someone how you are feeling.
If you’re worried at all about your drug or alcohol use, it can help to talk to someone you trust about it. That could be a friend, parent, teacher or counsellor. If you’d rather not talk face-to-face, you can reach out through a helpline or chat support option.
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All information on this site is intended to provide assistance and guidance but cannot replace the care of a medical professional.