SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

Dealing with substance (including alcohol) use disorder

Are you struggling to control your intake of drugs and/ or alcohol?

Substance abuse can affect the lives of those caught up in it in ways they might not expect. It can affect your physical and mental health, relationships, jobs and education. Recognising there is a problem with drugs is an important first step in seeking help and treatment.

Drug addiction can be treated, but it’s important that the person using drugs seeks help and support to figure out the next steps, rather than trying to deal with it on their own.

Substance abuse is often associated with illicit drugs such as speed, ice (crystal meth) or heroin, but prescription or over-the-counter drugs can also be abused, as can alcohol.

Symptoms to look out for

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoy
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Negative thoughts about themselves, the world and the future
  • Having a hard time concentrating and making decisions, or remembering things
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide.

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Having trouble sleeping (getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up in the morning)
  • Loss of interest in food or eating too much, leading to weight loss or gain
  • Aches and pains that can’t be explained.

Think You Might Be Experiencing Depression?

If you are concerned about your mental health, you can take a free, online and anonymous depression self-test here

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoying things that used to be enjoyable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoying things that used to be enjoyable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard

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