Drugs and alcohol can feel like a way to escape your problems and unwind/have fun. But they can also take a toll on your mental health. Drugs and alcohol can mess with your mind. By their very nature they’re designed to affect your mood, which means they are altering how your brain functions.
Some short-term effects on your mental health can include feeling anxious, agitated, moody, down, flat or unmotivated. You might be more aggressive or paranoid than you used to be. Maybe you feel like you can’t survive going to a party without drugs or alcohol and fall into a cycle of dependence without realising it. These types of effects can lead to fall outs with friends and family as well as problems in other areas of your life like school and work.
If you have a mental illness, it’s likely that you’ll experience these kinds of effects more intensely. You could potentially even set off an episode of your illness. If you have a pre-existing mental health condition you didn’t know about, drugs and alcohol can trigger it. There’s also a danger of permanently disrupting the chemical balance in your brain from either an incorrect dose, dangerous combination or just as an effect of long term use.
If you feel like alcohol and drugs are starting to affect your mind, there’s help available. And the faster you take action, the less impact it’s likely to have on your life. Give us a call for advice on what to do next on our 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685.