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Substance Misuse

Support if you need help with substance abuse


Substance Abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of substances including alcohol and illicit drugs. Substance abuse can often lead to dependence syndrome in which one cannot perform daily tasks without a strong desire to take a drug or drink alcohol. This includes difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state. This illness is common, recurrent, and often serious, but it is treatable and many people do recover. There are many ways to control these symptoms and to receive help. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please contact one of our school-based therapists.


Support if someone you care about is abusing drugs or alcohol


Substance abuse impacts not just the one that is using but those closest to them. If someone you care about is abusing drugs or alcohol and is showing signs and symptoms of substance abuse, there are many support options available FOR YOU as well. If a family member is experiencing substance abuse disorder, families should be open to the options of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve treatment effectiveness by supporting the whole family. It is hard seeing someone you love go through these hardships so it is important to take steps to prioritize your own health as well. Seek help with Miss Bri, the Student Support Specialist.

Torrance High School's Counseling Department

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