Substance Use

Substance Use

Substance Use problems are fairly common and can have many negative consequences.

Substance Use can make it difficult for people to meet their responsibilities at work, school or home. Substance Users may behave in unsafe, secretive or self-harming ways which can be very challenging for the people around them. And Substance Use may lead to serious mental or physical health problems, and premature death.

Fortunately, people can fully recover from Substance Use problems with the help of treatment, lifestyle changes, and new coping skills.

Audio Description: Watch as Substance Use and its symptoms are described. Techniques such as setting limits, or alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, can help people avoid Substance Use Disorders. Treatment options for more serious Substance Use Disorders are also discussed.

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Additional Information and Resources on Substance Abuse:
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) Alcohol and Drug Use
Addiction Resource What Is Addiction?
Addiction Resource Recognizing Addiction: Knowing When to Seek Help
Al-Anon Support Groups
Alateen For teens whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
NYC Narcotics Anonymous (NA) NYC Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide
The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) What Statistics Show About Veteran Substance Abuse and Why Proper Treatment Is Important
Addiction Resource Veterans and Substance Abuse: The Many Sides of the Problem
NYCDOHMH Prescription Painkillers: The Dangers of Misuse
NYCDOHMH Help to Stop Using: Drug Problems Can Be Treated

NYC Well

For immediate counseling, assessment, and connection to the right care - contact NYC Well.

All New Yorkers have free access to NYC Well. It provides support for mental health and substance use issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact NYC Well for free, confidential information and advice, 24/7.

Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)
Text WELL to 65173
To learn more or to chat online, visit NYC Well HERE

If someone is in immediate danger of harming themselves, or someone else, call 911.