Senior patient telling a female doctor how she is having pain in her chest

The Importance of Drug Education.

Education about substance misuse is an important part of helping individuals understand the many aspects of this topic. This information can include factual data about what substance misuse is; warning signs of dependence; information about how alcohol and specific drugs affect the mind and body; as well as the consequences that dependence can have on one’s physical and mental health, family, relationships, and other areas of functioning.

This awareness can help them realize the potential damage that could occur or the damage that has already occurred. Substance misuse education may also include information about what treatment entails to prepare everyone involved for the potential outcomes.

We encourage interested patients to learn more about the various substances that could be causing complications.

Opioids

Opioid addiction is a rapidly-growing problem with severe side-effects and consequences.

Opioids & Heroin Effects on the Body infographic by Vital - University of Alabama - SBIRT

Effect of Opioids and Heroin

Marijuana

While marijuana is proven to have short-term medical benefits that include stress and pain relief, chronic use of the drug can lead to problems down the road.

Marijuana Fact Sheet by Vital - University of Alabama - SBIRT

Facts about marijuana

Marijuana Effects on the Body - graphic by Vital - University of Alabama - SBIRT

Effects of Marijuana

Alcohol

Low-risk does not indicate no risk. When following low-risk drinking limits a person may still experience problems if they drink too quickly, have health problems, or are older. Following the chart below can reduce your risk but one should always consult with a provider when concerned about how drinking alcohol could be affecting their health.

For more information on alcohol misuse, please visit one of the following links:

Rethinking Drinking

Low-Risk Drinking Limits by Vital - University of Alabama - SBIRT

Low-risk drinking limits

High-Risk Drinking

Risky alcohol consumption, for example, can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s health and well-being.

High Risk Drinking Effects on the Body by Vital - University of Alabama - SBIRT

Effects of High-Risk Drinking