Substance abuse is when someone continues to use drugs or alcohol even when it causes problems, such as trouble with school, work, family, or their health. Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. ... When you're addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Many addictions develop from drug abuse that starts during adolescence. The teenage brain is still developing, increasing the risk of addiction. Nobody ever tells their School Counselor that they want to be a "drug addict" or "alcoholic"when they grow up. Our hope is that our students know how to prevent this from happening. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse please tell a trusted Family Member or reach out to your School Counselor for help. Below you will find links to websites that provide connection, resources, and information about substance abuse.
***Disclaimer: If you or if someone you know is considering Suicide please dial 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. The links on our website are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. We have provided links to resources throughout the website.***