Many people who are struggling with trauma or other difficulties turn to drugs. This is because the effect of the drugs they take can make them feel better. In some cases, the drugs can make them forget whatever has been troubling them. Other people take drugs just to see what they are like, or because their friends are taking them. However, drug use can and does have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. 

Some people experience mental health problems because they have been taking drugs. Schizophrenia and depression are just some of the mental health problems that can be caused by taking drugs. The good news is there are people to turn to.  

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

How Could Drugs Affect You?

Everyone tends to react differently to drugs. Some people even find that they react differently to the same drug over time.

  • The differences in your reactions could depend on:
  • The type of drug you’re taking 
  • Whether it’s been mixed with other substances
  • What the other substances are 
  • The amount of drug that you take 
  • The social or environmental situation you’re in at the time
  • How often you take the drug
  • What your previous experience of drug-taking has been
  • What you expect or want to happen 
  • Your mental health at the time of taking the drug

If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions you are much more likely to have negative side effects. This is particularly the case if you’re taking illegal drugs. 

There are support services out there and they’re open to anyone who has a drug addiction. You can find information about such services here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/

If you plan to take drugs please remember that:

  • You do not always know what is in them 
  • The drug could contain some more harmful substances 
  • It’s not always easy to determine how you will react to the drug 
  • They may not even contain the substance you were expecting them to 
  • If you have taken the drug before, it does not mean that it will have the same ingredients

Where Can I Get Help? 

Whether you’re looking for help from Camblesforth mental health services or help in other areas, you are not alone. 

You might want to look for help through

  • Your doctor – Your doctor could refer you to a specialist team who can offer a sympathetic ear, advice, and support
  • A therapist or counsellor – You might be offered a range of therapies depending on the treatment you need 
  • Community mental health services – Services such as these could offer you help. Some services such as those provided by crisis teams can help those who have long-term or severe mental health concerns
  • Student services – If you are at college or university you might have access to mental health support services
  • A charity – Both local and national charities offer a range of support

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk