Drug Abuse

Affects of Drugs on the Brain

-Changes in your brain interfere with your ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control your behavior, and feel normal without drugs

-The urge to use is so strong that your mind finds many ways to deny or rationalize the addiction. You may drastically underestimate the quantity of drugs you’re taking, how much it impacts your life, and the level of control you have over your drug use.

How Drug Use Can Develop

-Problems can sometimes sneak up on you.

-If the drug fulfills a valuable need, you are more likely to keep using it.

-if you use drugs to fill a void in your life, you are more at risk from crossing over from causal use to addiction.

-As drug abuse takes hold, you may find your self missing out on activities.

Warning Signs of Commonly Used Drugs

Marijuana- red eyes, loud talking, inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness.

Depressants- contracted pupils, drunk like behavior

Inhalants- watery eyes, impaired vision, memory, and thought

Hallucinogens- dilated pupils, bizarre/irrational behavior

Heroin- contracted pupils, sleeping at unusual times, vomiting