Drug Abuse and Dependence - What Happens
Some people who use drugs also have mental health
problems, such as depression or
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When you have a
drug problem and a mental health problem, it's called a
dual diagnosis. You need to treat both the drug problem and the mental health
Drugs can affect your whole life
Drug abuse and
dependence harm you physically. Your drug use also can lead to problems with
your partner or friends. You may begin doing 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 using or selling drugs.
pregnant, drugs can pass into your uterus and
harm your baby. This can cause problems with behavior,
attention, and thinking as the child grows older. A child harmed by drugs may
need special care and education.
Drug use also can change your
behavior, making other problems more likely. Sharing needles to inject drugs
makes you more likely to get or spread diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis B or
C. You also are more likely to have unsafe sex when on drugs, and you may get
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).