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Your Current Risk for Substance Misuse


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SUBSTANCE MISUSE

Substance abuse covers misuse of a range of mind-altering substances. It can have a severe impact on your functioning as well as your physical health.

Substance abuse or misuse is formally defined as the continued misuse of any mind-altering substance that severely affects a person’s physical and mental health, social situation and responsibilities.

Alcohol dependence is the most common form of substance misuse, but any drug, including heroin, cocaine, crack and cannabis, comes into this category, as does the misuse of glue and aerosols.

Substance abuse may also include smoking cigarettes or drinking excessive amounts of coffee. Although not strictly a form of substance abuse, the eating disorder bulimia nervosa does involve the misuse of food.

Most forms of substance abuse may give you a temporary feeling of wellbeing or of being in control, but all of them can ultimately damage your health.
Getting Help
There are many reasons why you may start to use any of these substances. It may start when you are unhappy or stressed or trying to cope with problems in your life. If you need help, a good place to start is with your health provider. The most severe forms of substance misuse are normally treated by specialist drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.



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