Substance use refers to using legal drugs (like prescription pain medicines or alcohol) and/or illegal drugs (like cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines). Substance abuse means that a person is using drugs or alcohol in a way that is harmful to his or her health and well-being.
How Can Substance Use Affect My Health?
Substance use, abuse, and dependence may damage your body and brain, and drug overdoses can cause death. This damage to your body and brain can negatively affect your health and well-being in many ways.
What Treatment Or Support Programs Are Available To Help Me With A Substance Use Or Dependence Problem?
Choosing to stop using drugs or alcohol is not easy, but it can be done. Quitting will improve your health, well-being, and relationships with others.
Support is available. Many organizations provide hotlines and guidance on substance abuse treatment options:
- Page last reviewed: January 12, 2016
- Page last updated: January 12, 2016
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