When you abuse
drugs, you are not always able to meet work, home, or school duties. You may be
late to work. You may use drugs in dangerous situations, such as when driving
or operating machines, or drugs may cause problems in your
Drug abuse can lead to drug dependence, where you
addicted to a drug. The drug controls your life. Any
of the following can happen:
You take more of the drug over longer periods
of time and need more of the drug to feel "high."
You spend a lot
of time trying to get the drug, and you give up other activities to do this.
You try to quit using the drug, but you are not able to.
You continue to use the drug even though it harms your
relationships and causes you to develop physical problems.
stop using the drug, you feel sick. This is known as
Drug dependence is a disease. It's not a weakness or a
lack of willpower. It's your choice to begin using a drug. But as you use it
more, your brain begins to change. This change can lead to a craving to use the
drug, and this can influence how you act.
Which drugs might be a problem?
Drugs that are
Marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens, such
as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), mescaline, psilocybin, PCP
(phencyclidine), and ketamine.
Inhalants, such as glues, aerosol
sprays, gasoline, paints, and paint thinners.