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Dealing with drinking and drugs

Drinking alcohol or doing drugs are often seen as a way to escape problems. If you feel you or a friend have a problem with drinking, street drugs or prescription drugs, you can get more info here.

If you use drink or do drugs regularly to overcome the stress in your life you may have a problem that could lead to addiction. Using drugs or drinking might make you feel relaxed at first, but over time they can force you to lose control over your mind and body and do things you wouldn’t normally do. You’ll also find that stopping starts to seem impossible.

People respond differently to drugs. Some find they are easily addicted when others aren’t. There are soft drugs like pot and alcohol that carry some risks to some people. There are harder drugs, like crystal meth, cocaine, heroin or serious prescription drugs, which carry high risks for most people – like permanent damage to your brain and other organs, or risk of Hepatitis and HIV.

Doing any illegal drugs (including non-prescription pot) or drinking underage can get you arrested or fined. Selling pot can put you in jail for up to seven years, and for some other drugs, it can be a life sentence.

When you’re under the influence, you behave differently and your body responds differently. For example, drinking a moderate amount of beer might make you feel relaxed at first. But if you drink too much and too often, you might see the world as a dangerous place, act hostile and aggressive and lose control over your body. You might get into a fight or do something you wouldn't normally do. You might even pass out or fall asleep somewhere (on a subway, bus station, park, sidewalk, etc.). Losing control like this is a sign of a problem with addiction.

Substance abuse (drinking or doing drugs too much) can affect your behaviour, your relationships and your health. It might make your friends and family seem distant, make your school or work suffer and even lead to serious health problems. If you drink too much or often use drugs, you may have a dangerous addiction that needs to be treated.

Email us at help@covenanthouse.ca with questions and our counsellor will reply Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.

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