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Substance Abuse


Substance abuse is the misuse of any substance that impacts brain chemistry.  Substance abuse may develop into substance dependence, resulting in a physical tolerance that increases a person’s need for a particular substance in order to achieve the desired effect.

Different substances cause different symptoms, but the most common and obvious symptom of substance use is a noticeable change in behavior.  Substance abuse can also negatively impact emotional, social, cognitive, and physical functioning and well-being.

As with any illness or medical problem, early intervention and treatment of a child or adolescent’s substance abuse raises the chances of successful results.  The sooner the child gets help, the less harm his or her substance use may cause and the better his or her chances are of developing a healthy, safe, and drug-free lifestyle.

Substance Abuse Booklet  – opens in PDF

Electronic templates for these booklets and strategy sheets are available to organizations, schools, and communities  for a nominal fee so they may be adapted to reflect your community’s own local resources.  Use the contact us button at the top of the page for more information or call the Students FIRST Project at 802-488-6706.