“Drug addiction is a brain disease that can be treated”

Dr. Nora D. Volkow

Why do people take Drugs?
• To feel good- Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure
• To feel better- People who suffer from social anxiety, stress
related disorders and depression begin using in an attempt to self medicate
and lessen the feelings associated with mental health disorders
• To do better- in an effort to perform better in a certain area,
individuals feel the need or pressure to chemically enhance their athletic
or cognitive performance
• Peer Pressure – Curiosity and because others are doing it

Physical Signs of Drug Abuse
• Loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or weight gain
• Irregular heart beat
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Cold, sweaty palms
• Slowed irregular walk, poor physical coordination
• Pupil dilation or constriction

Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse
• Change in personality
• Change in friends, new hang-outs
• Change in interest
• Drop in grades or work performance
• Moodiness
• Paranoia
• Change in grooming habits