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Effects of Drug Abuse and Steps to Treatment | Drug Prevention & Control Week 2023

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

The third week of November is Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week in the Philippines.

Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week

To raise public awareness against illegal drug use, this article answers:

What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse, also known as substance use disorder, is caused by the habitual intake of addictive substances which includes, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Marijuana

  • Hallucinogens

  • Opioids

What are the consequences of drug abuse?

It can cause a variety of health conditions, which may include:

  • Weakened immune system

  • Heart conditions

  • Seizure and/or stroke

  • Lung conditions

  • Impairments in memory, attention, and decision-making

Drug abuse can also cause changes in behavior, which may include:

  • Aggressiveness

  • Paranoia

  • Impaired judgement

  • Loss of self-control

Without proper help and treatment, it can lead to intense cravings and compulsive drug use, leading to:

  • Drug dependence

  • Drug addiction

What are the steps to treating drug abuse?

The good news is substance use is treatable! Medical professionals can help you manage this condition through a variety of ways depending on the substance used:

  • Management of withdrawal symptoms

  • Outpatient medication management

  • Referral to a counselling, talk therapy, or behavioral therapies

  • Referral to support groups

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