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How drugs work

Drugs interfere with the way neurons send, receive, and process signals via neurotransmitters. Drugs may slow down or speed up the central nervous system and autonomic functions necessary for living, such as blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and body temperature. Dopamine, serotonin and GABA are also all impacted by drug use. 

Different effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals 

There are several different ways in which drugs and alcohol can impact those who use them. These variations can occur depending on the type of drug, amount and frequency of use,  the routine of administration, and whether an individual is a polysubstance user (taking several substances together). 

Drugs fall into 7 overarching categories

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Withdrawal

Withdrawal is the physical and psychological response to the absence of alcohol and drugs after the body has become used to their effects. Consult your GP if you have concerns about your drug and alcohol use or wish to withdraw from using, as medical assistance may be necessary. 

Help for Families

If you have a loved one dealing with substance use concerns, we are here to help you. For  more information, contact  the Family Support Practitioner on 3422 1500.

24/7 Support

The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) is a 24/7 support service that assists those using drugs and alcohol, and their family members, with information, counselling and referrals to services in Queensland. 
Phone 1800 177 833.

Information and Referrals

For more information contact the Assessment Officer on 3422 1500 or tcqld@teenchallenge.org.au

Information and Referrals

For more information contact the Assessment Officer on 3422 1500 or tcqld@teenchallenge.org.au