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Is it ok to try it once or from time to time?

It is a huge risk. All drugs may and will lead to addiction. Anyone who simply wants to try it never does so with the intention of becoming an addict. It just happens. All drug users have started out with the sole intention of trying it once or a few times. Someone with the plan to ‘give it a try’ will eventually become an occasional user, and that is a decision that is voluntary and controllable. As time goes on and the drug usage continues, the person goes from being a voluntary user to a compulsive one. This is a change th‚Äčat can happen without expecting it and can occur within a few weeks, months, or even years. It is unpredictable. 

What would happen if I can't say no to drugs?

Relationships: When drug use becomes an ongoing problem, you will start to see a lot of conflict between friends, partners, family, and colleagues. The conflicts will become more frequent and more common. 

Studies/Work: You might not notice the impact of drugs on your studies or work, but you will be noticing how difficult it will be to keep up with your assignments. You may start to lose focus and have trouble concentrating or memorizing your lessons. You may lose the motivation to continue and lose the ambition you once had that kept you striving for a better life. 

Financially: The more you use drugs, the more you become dependent on the action. You will start to feel the need to continuously purchase the substances to keep yourself satisfied. This can lead to a big struggle in your finances because you will be regularly spending a ton on drugs. 

Legally: The law prohibits the use of drugs. Not only would you have financial or social problems to deal with, but there is the added problem of getting into trouble with the law. 

Addiction: One day you won’t be able to function without taking drugs. Without even predicting it, the symptoms of addiction start to grow. You can never know when it will happen, it could be after a week, a month, or even a year. However, once it happens to you, you might not be able to control it.

Stress: You might think that drugs are the solution to your stress, that it will help you relax and forget about your issues. The long-term effects of drugs can have a big impact on the brain. Without knowing it, this will lead to anxiety and even more stress. The solution you went for to escape from your issues can even be the biggest factor in what is causing you more stress.


Drugs can even be a doorway to psychiatric disorders if the person was predisposed to them. Always keep in mind that no one can, fully, know his biological predisposition. So, think twice before giving it a try. 

 

How long do drugs stay in the body?

Amphetamines: 1 - 3 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair and around 12 hours in your blood

Barbiturates: 2 - 4 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair and 1 - 2 days in your blood

Benzodiazepines: Can stay up to 30 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair and 2 - 3 days in your blood

Cannabis (hashish-marijuana): 7 to 30 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair, two weeks in your blood 

Cocaine: 3 - 4 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair, 1 - 2 days in your blood. 

Codeine: 1 day in urine, up to 90 days in hair, 12 hours in your blood.

Heroin: 3 - 4 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair, up to 12 hours in your blood.

LSD: 1 - 3 days in urine, up to 3 days in hair, 2 - 3 hours in your blood.

MDMA (ecstasy): 3 - 4 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair and 1 - 2 days in your blood.

Methamphetamine (crystal meth): 3 - 6 days in urine, up 90 days in hair, 24 - 72 hours in your blood.

Methadone: 3 - 4 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair, 24 - 36 hours in your blood.

Morphine: 2 -3 days in urine, up to 90 days in hair, 6 - 8 hours in your blood. 

Why is mixing drugs and alcohol dangerous?

The danger is real. Mixing the two substances can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, loss of coordination, blackouts, or even overdoses. It can also lead to internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.

How many times should a person take drugs to become an addict?

We can never predict how many times a person must use a drug before becoming addicted. It depends on the drug and its effect to the brain, your unique genes, and the environment. We do know that whenever a person uses drugs, it becomes a huge risk that may lead to addiction. 

What are the long term effects of drugs?

Cannabis (Marijuana – Hashish)

Long term use can cause psychotic symptoms. It can also damage the lungs and the heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis and cause coughing and wheezing. If may reduce the body’s ability to fight lung infections and illness.

Alcohol

Tolerance to many of the unpleasant effects of alcohol and a resulting ability to drink more. This leads to a deteriorating physical condition that can include liver damage and increases the risk of heart disease. A person can become dependent on alcohol. If someone suddenly stops drinking, withdrawal symptoms may set in. alcohol abuse can also lead to violence and conflicts in one’s personal relationships.

Ecstasy

Prolonged use causes long-lasting and perhaps permanent damage to the brain, affecting the person’s judgment and thinking ability.

Cocaine & Crack

In addition to those effects already mentioned, cocaine can cause irritability, mood disturbances, depression and hearing hallucinations. Tolerance to the drug develops so that more is needed to produce the same “high”.

Crystal meth & methamphetamine

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, damage to blood vessels in the brain, leading to strokes or death. Can cause liver, kidney and lung damage. Users may suffer brain damage.

Heroin

Collapsed veins, liver or kidney disease, lung complications may result.

LSD

Flashbacks of an LSD trip can be experienced long after the drug is taken.

 

 

What are the short term effects of drugs?

Cannabis (Marijuana – Hashish)
Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing, sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite and relaxed muscles. Heart rate can speed up.
 
Alcohol
Alcohol influences your brain and leads to a loss of coordination, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, impaired judgment, slurred speech, memory and comprehension loss and blackouts.
 
Ecstasy
Impaired judgment, confusion, depression, sleep problems, severe anxiety, paranoia, muscle tension, blurred vision, nausea, chills, or sweating.
 
Cocaine & Crack
Cocaine causes a short-lived, intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite, intense feelings of depression, edginess, and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it can experience greatly increased heart rate, muscle spasms, and convulsions.
 
Crystal meth & methamphetamine
Hyperactivity, delusions of power, increase aggressiveness, and irritability. It can cause decreased hunger and sudden weight loss. Other effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, and paranoia.
 
Heroin
Abusers experience nausea and vomiting a lot. Awareness of pain may be suppressed. Heart functions slow down and breathing is severely slowed, sometimes to the point of death.
 
LSD
Dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, dry mouth. People can experience severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control, fear of insanity and death.

Can I overdose from hashish?

No one has ever overdosed from hashish. But many people have died because of it. This, usually, happens from a car accident or a bad trip that lasted between 4-5 hours. This made him/her take risky or fatal decisions like suicide, robbery, violence, rape, and more. 

 

My friend is using drugs. Should I tell his parents?

If your friend is at risk, then yes go ahead. Parents may not be ready to hear it from you or take it well, but at least you would have done your duty and you won't take the full responsibility on your friend's life. It is also recommended to contact experts for support and guidance
 

If I intervene, I might risk our friendship

Don't worry. Most people feel this way and some of them were surprised to find out that just the opposite happened. People who use drugs are, oftenly, hoping someone will talk to them about their problem. It might be the push they need. 
 

Is treatment confidential?

Definitely
 

Is CDLL’s treatment free of charge?

Yes. CDLL programs and services are offered free of charge. The applicant only has to ensure their medical and personal items prior to enrollment or during treatment. 

What’s the difference between weed, hash and marijuana?

Both hashish and marijuana are called weed or pot. They both come from a plant named Cannabis. Both hashish and marijuana have the same negative effects. Hashish contains a higher amount of THC which makes it more addictive than marijuana.

Is hash addictive?

Yes you can get addicted to hash, just like any other drug. Smoking hashish can have high risks of mental illnesses. Not only would you get addicted to it, but your mental health would be at risk too.

When should I start talking to my child about drugs?

You can start at the age of 5 or younger if he/she raises the question:
  • Talk to your child about the joys of healthy living. Encourage him/her to be responsible for their health
  • Let your child know how you feel about tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs
  • Set clear rules about drug use and pay attention to your own actions. (don't smoke in front of your child, and don't let  him try narguileh, or alcohol)
 
By the age of 8:
  • Make sure your child knows the rules. It should be a clear "no" regarding tobacco, alcohol before 18, and drug use. Be  firm about the consequences of those actions. 
  • Teach your child how to say “no”
  • Encourage healthy and creative activities
 
By the age of 12:
  • Base drug and alcohol related messages on facts, not fear
  • Get to know your child’s friends and their parents
  • Talk about relations you do not encourage

Do drugs affect my sex life?

Yes. People who take drugs are more likely to have performance issues in the bedroom, even years after they stop taking them.

What is a trigger?

A trigger is anything that can make a person feels the urge to go back to using drugs. It can be a place, person, thing, smell, feeing, or any memory that reminds the person of taking the substance again and getting high. A trigger can be a stressful aspect that you need to escape from. It can even be anything that makes you feel happy. People fighting addiction need to stay away from triggers that can make them start using drugs again.

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