Drug abuse can be defined as the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed.
However the vast range of substance abuse in today’s society is not that simple.
There are also substances that can be abused for their mood-altering effects which are not drugs – inhalants and solvents. However, when most people talk about abuse, they are referring to the use of illegal drugs, which experts argue that these drugs were first declared illegal because they are addictive and will have serious negative health effects, therefore any use of illegal substances is dangerous and abusive.
Others argue that casual or recreational use of drugs is not harmful and not abuse. They argue that taken in this manner it is not harmful and sometimes has beneficial qualities. However, recent research has proven that even marijuana is more harmful and addicitive than at first believed.
When someone you love suffers from drug addiction, everyone in their life is affected. Quality of life and physical well-being begin to suffer, and the person you know and love begins to change. If you or someone you know needs more information or help, come to the Portland Centre, where you will find genuine support to sustain you whilst you regain control of your life.
This is how we can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your problem and discuss your options
- We will seek specialist advice
- If you need extra support, we will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- We will continue to support you throughout the journey to regain control of your life
Just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance.