Most people will try some mind-altering substance at some point in their life, either for recreation or prescription. When you consume alcohol, smoke, or take pills for which you don't have some sort of prescription, it often starts out as casual or social use. However, what may have started out as an experiment or fun can eventually lead to abuse or "addiction," what health professionals call a substance use disorder.
Abusing substances can have severe effects on your physical health and emotional well-being, in addition to changing how your brain works. With treatment and support, it is possible to recover from a substance use disorder.
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