People choose to use alcohol for many reasons, including, celebrating, relaxing, coping in difficult times, and as part of a social event. Because alcohol has properties that alter a person’s mental and physical state, the consumption of alcohol can become problematic. The effects that alcohol has on a person depend on variables such as, the amount of alcohol that is consumed, how quickly the alcohol is consumed, the person’s biological sex, body size, and metabolism.
If you make the choice to drink, it is important to be aware of the effects of alcohol have on you, as some of the effects can be dangerous and even life threatening. Drinking alcohol can interfere with your ability to meet your academic, social, and occupational goals in your life.
Marijuana is a commonly used drug in the United States. Although marijuana has been legalized in some states for medicinal and recreational purposes, marijuana remains illegal in the state of Indiana. Marijuana has addictive properties, and people who use marijuana regularly can become psychologically and/or physically addicted to the drug.
Possible Short Term Negative Effects:
- Impaired or reduced short term memory
- Increased heart rate
- Bloodshot eyes
- Increased hunger
- Increased body temperature
- Dry mouth
- Interference with ability to complete academic, social, occupational goals.
In addition to alcohol and marijuana, there are other psychoactive substances that people often use, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs without a prescription. These all can have serious negative effects on your health and ability to function.
If you have questions or concerns about your substance use, please call us at 765-285-1736 to schedule an appointment to meet with a therapist. At the Counseling Center we offer the following treatment for alcohol, marijuana, or other substance use concerns:
Individual Therapy: After meeting with your intake therapist, you and an individual therapist will decide upon a schedule to meet regularly to make a plan to help you meet your goals in regards to your substance use, and any other concerns that you might have.
Group Therapy: After meeting with your intake therapist, you will meet with the co-leaders of the Choices group to talk more about the specifics of group therapy. Group is often a great way to meet your goals regarding substance use and any other concerns that you might be facing.