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Substance Abuse

Why do people use alcohol and other drugs?

Basically, people use substances such as alcohol and other drugs because they like the way these substances make them feel. Pleasure is a powerful force. Your brain is wired so that if you do something that feels good, you will probably want to do it again. All drugs that are addicting can activate and affect the brain's pleasure circuit.[...]

How do I know if I have a problem?

You have a problem with drugs or alcohol if you continue to use them even when they cause problems with your health, money, work or school, or relationships. You may have a problem if you have developed a tolerance to drugs or alcohol. This means you need to use more and more to get the same effect.

Listen to loved ones who express concern over your drug use. They may help you recognize that you have a problem.

Source: familydoctor.org

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