Can using drugs make you go crazy?

Watch out – taking drugs can be very risky for your brain. This is because your brain is still growing, so it’s easier for it to be harmed by chemicals in drugs. Drugs cause changes in your brain, and some of these changes can be life-long. These changes can lead to problems like:

  • anxiety – feeling nervous or worried
  • depression – feeling very down and sad for a long time
  • paranoia – being suspicious of others
  • aggression – getting very angry 

Drugs like dagga (weed), cocaine and ecstasy can also cause hallucinations, meaning you will see and hear things that are not real. This can make you feel like you are going crazy. If you take drugs such as dagga, cocaine or heroin for many years, you increase your chances of getting a serious mental illness.

If you already have a mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder or depression, then taking drugs can make your symptoms worse. Drugs can also make it harder for you to remember things, make decisions, control your behaviour and learn at school. Taking drugs can also make you more likely to do something risky, like having unprotected sex or even committing a crime.

If you or anyone you know has a drug problem, contact the Substance Abuse Helpline on 0800 121314 or send an SMS to 32312 and they can help you with information about alcohol and drug abuse.

For more information on substance abuse, check out the Toxic Energy section on B-Wise. 

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