Alcohol and Drugs, Risk Use, Harmful Use, and Addiction


Alcohol and drugs are examples of various drugs that you may become addicted to. Many forms of drugs are illegal to use, manufacture or sell. Some forms of drugs can be legal, but still harmful if you use them incorrectly. For example, there may be certain drugs or preparations that you can shop online.

If you are addicted, you use alcohol or drugs so much that your body gets used to being affected. Then it becomes difficult to do without. Being alcohol dependent means that you can no longer control your drinking.

The risk of becoming addicted is greater if you use the drug frequently or a lot. Using a drug often or very much is called risk use.

If you become addicted, it often leads to both medical and social problems. Most people who drink too much or use drugs are aware of the problem. Still, it can be difficult to tell others about it. Then it is important to try to talk to someone you trust.

There is help to get

If you have problems with alcohol or drugs you can get good help.

Even you who are related can get help. How you yourself are affected by being close to someone who drinks or uses drugs is different from person to person. Therefore, it is also different from what help you need.

You who have an alcohol problem or drug problem can get conversation therapy. Sometimes drugs are also needed. Often you follow a treatment program. Then it is also common for relatives to participate in the treatment. The goal is for life to work together.

In addition to the dependency that exists within the health care or social services, the church and some NGOs can also offer support and assistance.

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The patient version of the National Board of Health and Welfare’s national guidelines for care in addiction and addiction

The National Board of Health and Welfare has developed national guidelines for how abuse and addiction should be investigated and treated. The guidelines contain recommendations for health care about certain examinations and treatments that may be of interest to you.

In the area, there are also examinations and treatments that are done more routinely. They are not included in the guidelines.

Here you can read the patient version of the national guidelines for abuse and addiction.

Questions and answers

How can we talk to mom about her alcohol habits?

Can I have a glass of wine even though I eat medicine for depression?

I want to know more about the drug spice and why it is so dangerous?

UMO on alcohol and drugs, risk and abuse

Drink too much or too often

Getting rid of alcohol or drug problems

If someone you know is drinking or taking drugs

This is how the body is affected by alcohol

To use drugs

Living with an adult who drinks or uses drugs

Interview: Björn’s dad drank

More information on alcohol habits

Addicted to alcohol

So you can change your alcohol habits

Here you can get help against alcohol problems

Treatment and support for alcohol problems

Being related

The whole family is affected when someone is not feeling well. As a relative, you may need to support yourself. Read more here:

Related to children who are mentally ill

When an adult in the family is not feeling well

What does the National Board of Health say about investigations and treatment of addiction and addiction?

The National Board of Health and Welfare has provided information to patients and relatives about their national guidelines.

Read the patient version of the guidelines of the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Seek support inpatient associations

In a patient and close associate, you can get support and advice from others with similar experiences.

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