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Substance Use Disorder

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Dealing with Substance (including alcohol) Use Disorder

Are you struggling to control your intake of drugs and/ or alcohol?

Substance abuse can affect the lives of those caught up in it in ways they might not expect. It can affect your physical and mental health, relationships, jobs and education. Recognising there is a problem with drugs is an important first step in seeking help and treatment.

Drug addiction can be treated, but it’s important that the person using drugs seeks help and support to figure out the next steps, rather than trying to deal with it on their own.

Substance abuse is often associated with illicit drugs such as speed, ice (crystal meth) or heroin, but prescription or over-the-counter drugs can also be abused, as can alcohol.

Symptoms to look out for

Substance use disorders can refer to substance use or substance dependence. Symptoms of substance use disorders may include:

  • avoiding people who don’t use drugs
  • having problems with relationships
  • using drugs to cope emotionally, socially or physically
  • neglecting activities like work, study or social commitments
  • participating in dangerous activities due to drug use, such as driving under the influence of drugs
  • lying about how much you are using
  • financial problems associated with buying drugs
  • selling belongings or stealing from others to pay for drugs
  • being uncomfortable if you don’t have drugs or needing more of the substance to experience the same effects
  • having withdrawal symptoms
  • being dependent on the drug
  • losing weight.
What can i do to start livin again?


The first step is recognising there is a problem with drugs and/ or alcohol. If you have a problem, you could try talking to someone such as a family member, mate, teacher or doctor about what to do next. If you’re concerned about someone else, find out how you can help them with their drug problem here:

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Druginfo on 1300 85 85 84 if you need to talk to someone about drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.

Alternatively, if you would like to start drinking less alcohol, without making a fuss of it, 5Why (via the headsapce website) have put together some tips to help. Check these tips out here

  • If you think you might act on any thoughts or plans to harm yourself, you can access crisis support 24/7 from Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
  • If you have hurt yourself or need immediate support, call 000

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