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Find psychologists, counsellors and other therapists that can help with drug abuse

The term ‘drug abuse’ is generally used when the voluntary use of a drug or medication progresses into an unhealthy dependence on it. The dependence can be psychological, physical or both and can involve changes in the chemical pathways in the brain. When this happens, the person can have increasing difficulty maintaining self-control or resisting intense drug cravings.

Drug addiction can be treated, but it’s important that the person using drugs seeks help and support to figure next steps, rather than trying to deal with it on their own.

Drug abuse is often associated with illicit drugs such as speed, ice (crystal meth) or heroin, but prescription or over-the-counter medicines can also be abused, as can alcohol.

About 15% of Australians use an illicit drug and about 5% use a pharmaceutical drug for a non-medical purpose every year. More than 40% of Australians over 14 have used an illicit drug in their lifetime, and illicit drugs are used by more than a quarter of people in their 20s each year.

Find psychologists, counsellors and other therapists that can help with drug abuse