You may not feel that using drugs is a
problem. Maybe you feel that you are a casual user because you use drugs only
now and then. You may feel that you can stop using drugs at any time.
But drug use quickly can become a habit, and for many people it may lead
addiction. You may begin to use drugs without thinking
about how drugs can harm you and those you care about.
How drugs affect your health
Drugs can cause you to have
health problems, such as:
Drugs also can lead to problems with thinking and
remembering. They can affect judgment, decision-making, emotions, and learning.
Different drugs harm your body in different
ways. Drugs that can cause harm include:
How drugs affect your life
You are more likely to have unsafe sex when on drugs, and you may get
sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
pregnant, drugs can pass into your uterus and
harm your baby.
Drug use also can lead to problems with
your partner, family, or friends. You and
your family may feel that you have turned against each other. You may be angry at
them, and they may be angry at you. You may do poorly at work or in school, or
you may even quit. You also can have legal problems, like being arrested for
driving while on drugs or for using or selling drugs.