Substance abuse can cause severe mental and physical harm, and in most cases, users become addicted to their substance of choice.

Addiction is a disease affecting your brain function. The substance you’re using causes chemical changes in the way your brain functions, meaning you suffer unpleasant and often severe side effects if you stop using.

As well as physical dependence, you become psychologically hooked on the way the substance makes you feel, and you become anxious, distressed, and even desperate if you can’t get hold of what you want.

With continued use, your brain starts to become accustomed to the substance, and you have to take more and more to achieve the same feelings.

Often, people fail to achieve the highs of their first few experiences and continue to chase the feeling for years without succeeding. Overdosing on these substances isn’t uncommon in the ever-elusive search for the ultimate high.

Substance abuse affects areas of the brain that control:

  • Behavior
  • Judgment
  • Decision-making
  • Learning
  • Memory

Regular substance abuse habits take a considerable toll on your health and finances. Addiction could cost you your job, relationships, and even your home.