Substance Use


Substance use can have a wide range of negative effects on individuals, their families, and society. These effects can vary depending on the specific substance being used, the frequency and amount of use, and individual differences. Here are some common negative effects associated with substance use:

1. Physical Health Effects
  • Many substances can damage organs and bodily systems, leading to a variety of health issues such as liver damage, heart problems, lung disease, and more.
  • Drug overdose can lead to serious medical emergencies and even death.
2. Mental Health Effects
  • Substance use can add to or lead to mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Long-term substance use can impair cognitive functions and memory, affecting a person's ability to think clearly and make sound decisions.
3. Addiction and Dependence
  • Substance use can lead to addiction or dependence, causing individuals to feel compelled to use the substance even when it's harmful to their health, relationships, and overall well-being.
  • Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and uncomfortable, making it challenging to quit.
4. Impact on Relationships
  • Substance use can strain relationships with family, friends, and partners, as it often leads to erratic behavior, mood swings, and neglect of responsibilities.
  • Trust issues and communication problems may arise due to the secretive nature of addiction.
5. Academic and Occupational Problems
  • Substance use can lead to poor academic performance, absenteeism, and dropout rates among students.
  • Job loss, decreased productivity, and workplace accidents can occur due to impaired cognitive and physical functioning.

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Eric Williams

Uinta County School District #1
Project AWARE Community Manager