Drugs interfere with the chemicals in your brain. Drug use can affect a person’s mood and can impact on mental health.

Signs that drug use is becoming a serious problem include:

  • Becoming dependent and needing drugs to function.

  • Allowing drugs to affect your relationships, work or family life.

How drugs affect your mental health

Visit the Drugs.ie website for more information on how drugs can affect you mental health.

Dual diagnosis

When someone has an addiction problem and a mental health problem, it is called a dual diagnosis or it is said that the person has multiple or complex needs. Health services must work together to provide the best care and support for both the addiction and the mental health problem. You can find out more about dual diagnosis on the Dual Diagnosis Ireland website.

Supporting someone and minding yourself

The Drugs.ie website provides information on what you can do to support someone with a drug misuse problem.

Find supports and services

  • Drugs.ie: Lists services throughout the country, including supports for family members.

  • Dual Diagnosis Ireland: Information for people affected by dual diagnosis issues.

  • HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline: This confidential service has both a free phone helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (helpline@hse.ie). The Helpline provides support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health.