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What are drugs/psychoactive substances?

Psychoactive substances, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are substances that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes e.g., cognition or affect, in simpler terms, psychoactive substances are any drugs or substances that affects how the brain works and causes changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings or behaviour.

What are common psychoactive substances and their street names?

Marijuana, Colorado, Rohypnol aka blue pill, Skunk, Cannabis, Codeine, Edibles, Arizona, Tramadol, Loud, Khat, Heroin etc

Is it only males that engage in substance abuse?

No, females also engage in substance abuse. However, studies have shown than males are more likely to engage in substance abuse than their female counterparts.

Are drug addiction and drug dependence the same thing?

Although, often used interchangeably, drug addiction and drug dependence have distinct differences. Drug dependence is an adaptive state that develops from repeated drug administration and which results in the physical dependence on the substance and symptoms of withdrawal upon cessation of drug use.

Addiction on the other hand, is a compulsive, out-of-control drug use, despite negative consequences, and it does not necessarily require repeated use of the substance. Addiction encompasses both a mental and physical reliance on a given substance.

‘Substance Use Disorder’ has become the preferred medical term for addiction and dependence as seen in the DSM V by the American Psychological Association, and it is defined as when a person’s use of alcohol or another substance (drugs) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, or home.

At what point is intervention needed for a substance user?

The best time to arrest substance abuse is before it is started i.e. prevention. The next best time for intervention is as soon as substance use is discovered, even if substance use disorders are yet to occur.

Is it possible to live a drug free life after treatment?

Yes. It is very possible to live a life free of drugs after treatment and rehabilitation. With the right professional care and a good support system, a drug-free normal life is achievable.