Drug use can have a long-term effect and an unpredictable impact on your health as you can never be sure what you are taking. A drugs conviction could also make getting started in your chosen career difficult.
You may not realise the possible unwanted psychological side effects or difficulties that can arise through use and abuse of drugs, including dependence or addiction, triggering or worsening of mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, and the possibility of experiencing a drug-induced psychosis.
If you have experienced any of these side effects, or are concerned about making yourself vulnerable to these difficulties, then it is important to seek appropriate support. It is advisable to consult your GP, in the first instance, and especially if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.
You should let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.
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