Illicit drugs, as well as alcohol and other drugs, affect the body and mind in two ways.
- The initial, short-term effects may be positive feelings like alertness, optimism, self-confidence, energy or stress relief. These positive feelings are the primary reason drugs have appealed to many individuals for so long.
- However, the secondary, long-term, and negative effects far exceed the seemingly positive, short-term effects.
Effects of Use on the Body:
- Mood swings/impaired judgment
- Sleep disturbances and irritability
- Increase in aggressive or combative behavior
- Hearing and/or breathing difficulties/death
- Increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections
- Liver damage
Signs of Substance Dependence:
- Increased tolerance — it takes more and more to get the desired effect; this increases risk of overdose
- Negative changes in relationships with friends and family
- Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shakiness, headaches, etc.
- Psychological dependence— thinking that using a substance will help him or her get through the day.
UALR does not discriminate on the basis of disability for admission, employment or access to its programs and activities in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title I and II of the ADA. Under ADA, current illegal drug use is excluded from the definition of disability when a “covered entity” acts on the basis of such use.
The definition of “individual with a disability” does include persons who are in or who have completed a supervised drug rehab program or have been otherwise rehabilitated and are no longer using drugs.
Treatment and Referral
UALR encourages individuals with alcohol or other drug related concerns and problems to seek assistance. Confidential, free assistance and referrals are available in the following places:
|Emergency Assistance Program||686-2588|
|UALR Counseling & Career Planning||569-3185|
|UALR Health Services||569-3188|