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Health and Wellness - Drugs

Learn more about drugs and how to support your health and wellness

Health and wellness are core necessities whether a person has an active drug use disorder or is in early or long-term recovery. In short, health and wellness means taking care of yourself in any healthy way to help improve your life.

Repeated patterns of drug use can lead to chronic health conditions (physical and/or emotional) that impact both the length of a person’s life, and the overall quality of life that can be experienced and achieved.   

Recovery from a drug use disorder can be hard, but you can help yourself by improving your physical and mental health, or supporting a loved one in doing so. This may mean starting to exercise more, relaxing by listening to music, or it may mean seeking help from a professional, like a mental health therapist. If you need ideas to improve your health and wellness, talk with your healthcare provider, ask for advice from healthy and sober supports or search the internet for ideas. Always pay attention to your personal needs and remember, there is hope wherever you are. Stories of recovery happen every day.


Types of Drugs

  • Alcohol
  • Club drugs
  • Crack or cocaine
  • Inhalants
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opioids 
  • Prescription drugs and cold medicines
  • Steroids (anabolic)
  • Synthetics
  • Tobacco and nicotine

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 Myths & Facts

How much do you know about drugs and their effects? Review these statements about drugs and learn the facts.

Nicotine is the only chemical in cigarettes that affects the brain.

Myth. Research suggests that there are other chemicals in tobacco smoke that affect the brain. It’s not just nicotine.

Anabolic steroids are still addictive, even though they do not get the user “high” like other drugs.

Fact. The use of anabolic steroids can lead to addiction. Like other drugs, anabolic steroids do affect brain chemistry and neurologic pathways.

Using cocaine speeds up the advancement of a HIV infection.

Fact. Research indicates that cocaine use hinders the body’s immune system and allows the HIV infection to progress more quickly.

There’s no such thing as an overdose on marijuana.

Myth. It is possible to overdose on marijuana. An overdose happens when a person uses too much of a drug and it reaches toxic levels in the body.

Ecstasy acts like both a stimulant and a hallucinogen.

Fact. Since it is similar chemically to both stimulants and hallucinogens, ecstasy produces feelings of increased pleasure, energy and distorted reality.

It is safer to use prescription drugs than it is to use street drugs.

Myth. Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addictive as street drugs. 

Heroin is turned into morphine in the brain.

Fact. Heroin is absorbed into the brain quickly, where it is converted to morphine.

Bath salts can be at least 10 times more powerful than cocaine.

Fact. 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is one common drug found in synthetic bath salts. A scientific study found that MDVP affects the brain in a way similar to cocaine, but it is at least 10 times more powerful.

The feeling of having a "high" from one dose of methamphetamine can last days.

Myth. The high from methamphetamine starts and fades quickly. Because of this, drug users will often take repeated doses in a "binge and crash" cycle.


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