'Problematic' drug use is when you become dependent upon a drug and cannot function properly without it, or it starts negatively impacting on areas of your personal life such as finances, sex or relationships.
It might be time to stop if any of the following apply to you:
You stand a better chance of controlling your drug or alcohol use if you first think about what you do and why, as well as the ups and downs of your drug use. It can be hard to change but there are plenty of places you can get help from - you can start by calling our free helpline THT Direct at 0808 802 1221 for a referral.
Here are 10 achievable steps to help you to move away from problematic drug use:
It is also worth remembering that, while not illegal, drinking alcohol to excess and smoking also have serious health implications.
Being HIV positive means that your body needs a lot of help to support it. Cutting back - or quitting - drinking can be a very healthy step, as is giving up smoking. Smoking is especially harmful for people with HIV, increasing their heart attack and cancer risk even more than it does for people who don’t have HIV.
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The page states that "It can be hard to change but there are plenty of places you can get help from." yet doesn't suggest any places
The page also states that "Get support – you don’t have to do it on your own. Ask at your clinic for a counselling referral or check out the links to the right for more information." yet there are no links to orbs that help with drink and drugs - poor show guys
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by Anna Peters
Date due for the next review: 31/3/2018
Content Author: Richard Scholey
Current Owner: Health Promotion
Problem drug use: a definition, DrugScope (2010)
Overcoming Drug Addiction, Melinda Smith, MA, Jeanne Segal, PhD, HelpGuide.org, December 2014
Danny was one of the first people to get diagnosed with HIV in the UK.
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