Drug misuse is when an individual has a strong desire to continue taking a drug, even though it may be causing physical, mental or emotional harm. Drugs are often taken as a way of trying to cope with mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression or anxiety.
Many drugs can produce side effects which contribute to misuse and dependency. The most commonly used recreational drugs include cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and hallucinogens. There is no clear threshold for when recreational use becomes problematic use. However, regular bingeing sessions, or finding it difficult to go for a day without taking a drug, are strong indicators of a problem.
You should speak to your GP first if you are having problems with drug misuse. They will be able to assess your situation and provide treatment or referrals to further support. The NHS Choices website also includes professional advice on getting help with drug addiction and support services near you.
Help from other organisations
Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For veterans who decide to seek help for mental health issues, it is vital that any alcohol or drug problems are addressed before treatment. The Combat Stress Veterans' Substance Misuse Case Management Serviceprovides support for veterans with drug and alcohol issues. The specialist team of nurses and practitioners understand those who have served and can provide advice on how and where to get help. To find out more about this service, contact Combat Stress:
Mind is a UK charity that raises awareness and provides support for a variety of mental health problems. They have information, advice and support for people with mental health problems who also have recreational drugs dependency and misuse issues.
The Officers' Association
The Officers' Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of former officers and their families. They offer advice on addiction and may be able to help if you are struggling with drug misuse. For support, contact The Officers' Association by completing their online contact form.