Substance Misuse 101

Understanding Substance Misuse

The terms “substance use,” “substance misuse,” and “substance abuse” are often used interchangeably, but there are important differences. Substance misuse, more casually referred to as “substance abuse,” happens when someone is using legal substances like medication in an improper or unhealthy way, or is using illegal substances.

There is a strong connection between mental health and substance misuse: some substances may worsen mental health issues, while sometimes substances may be used as a way to cope with mental health struggles. Understanding how substance use impacts our mental health is important.

Managing Substance Misuse

Misusing substances can have serious effects on your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial stability. It can even change the way your brain functions. But with treatment and support, it is possible to recover from a substance use disorder.

Since substance misuse and mental health issues are closely linked, getting help for related mental health issues may help in managing substance use.

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