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Drugs and Alcohol

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Indulging in drugs and alcohol can be tempting when you're at an age where you want to try new things and make new friends. Peer pressure, low self-esteem and personal problems are a few reasons people turn to drugs and alcohol. We don't know why some people have trouble dealing with these issues, while others can cope much better, but long-tern use of either substance can negatively affect your life in a number of ways. You could:

  • Have problems at school by missing classes, tests and assignments
  • Develop a dependency on them to get you through the day
  • Be more likely to be involved in assaults or be assaulted or sexually abused
  • Partake in unsafe sex
  • Develop both mental and physical health issues
  • Be seriously injured in falls, physical violence or vehicle collisions
  • Have legal problems due to bad behaviour and making poor decisions while impaired

If you find yourself struggling with these issues, please reach out for help. Talk to a friend, family member, school advisor or anyone else you trust. Remember there are plenty of resources available to help you. Please visit our Crisis Resources page for a list of agencies in York Region.