Substance abuse-drugs and alcohol

By: Elizabeth Truong & Chelsi Olivarez

Why do people do it?

Substance abuse is the use of chemical substances that lead to an increased risk of problems and an inability to control the use of the substance. Our brains want us to repeat things that we need or enjoy and that how people get addicted. Many people first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

How medicine can become addicting

People take more pills than they usually have to take (overdose) to ease the pain faster. They can also mixed the medicine together and it have a bad reaction. People can be unaware of how much they taken at one time.

How to get help?

There are many ways to how you can overcome your abuse on drugs and alcohol. As you are getting help don't try to do things alone. Recovering from drug addiction is much easier when you have people you can lean on for encouragement, comfort, and guidance.

Support can come from:




  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Community health center
  • Care programs
  • Support groups
  • Family members

Effects on family & children effected of crisis

  • You cant count on them because they might not remember what you just told them.
  • They can easily get fired if their boss notices something wrong with them.
  • They might do things that illegal while they're under the influence without knowing it's not okay.
  • They might get into arguments because they'll think they'll right when they're under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • They may be oblivious and think that they don't have an addiction and wont accept help.
  • They may become violent.
  • There are many health risks that come along with drug and alcohol abuse.
  • They most likely will spend most or all of their money on drugs and/or alcohol.