It’s completely normal to feel curious about drugs and substances, and just because you are curious doesn’t mean you have to take them or feel pressured into taking them.
Whether you are planning to or have started taking them, you know someone who has, or if you just want to know more about them, it’s important to find out the facts about drugs and substances and how they will affect you.
Why do people take drugs?
There are many reasons why people take drugs, it could be that you feel like you will fit in if you take them, that you want to forget about your problems and feel good for a while, or you just want to try them to see what they are like. Whatever the reason it is important that if you are going to take drugs that you do it in the safest possible way.
The bad side of drugs:
Always remember that although drugs and substances can feel good, they can also do serious harm to both the body and the brain, they can also cause you to put yourself in risky and dangerous situations, for example having unprotected sex or driving under the influence of drugs.
Sometimes it can seem simpler to take drugs than to deal with a problem we are having in our lives, but further down the line it could actually make the problem worse as well as having serious effects on your health. There are better ways to deal with problems and feelings; start by talking to someone that you trust or a health professional.
Need to know more?
You can find lots of information and advice on drugs through various local and national services, check them out in the signposting section of this page.
Getting Help Locally
YZUP - YZUP offers support, information and advice to young people under the age of 18 about drugs and alcohol.
National Support Websites
Talk to Frank - The highs, the lows and everything in between
NHS Choices - Drug addiction: getting help
Childline - for more information on drugs or speak to a childline counsellor
Rise above - Thinking about taking drugs? That's a big decision! Here you’ll find great advice and tips for making those decisions.
Need someone to talk to?
SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception
YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall
Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people
Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people
Kooth - free online support for young people
Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice