Substance use disorders involve using too much alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and are also known as substance abuse, substance dependence or addictions.
Drugs and alcohol
Learn more about alcohol and a range of drugs including marijuana, ice (crystal meth) and MDMA (ecstasy).
What is addiction?
This article describes the types, causes and signs of addiction, and where to get help.
Drug abuse can affect health, relationships, job and education. Learn about Australia’s drug laws, drug addiction and where to get help.
Can medicines be addictive?
Some medicines can cause dependence and addiction. Learn which ones are associated with these risks and how to avoid dependence or addiction when taking them.
Speed is a drug that can become addictive and lead to health, social and financial problems. Find out about its effects and associated risks.
MDMA (ecstasy) is an illicit drug which can give a euphoric rush, but which has dangerous side effects. Learn about its physical effects and risks posed by MDMA use.
LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that can change the user’s perception of reality. Here’s how LSD works, its physical effects and the health risks of LSD addiction.
Parties are about having a good time. However, party drugs can impact your mental and physical wellbeing, and many are illegal.
How to help someone who is misusing drugs or alcohol
Supporting a friend or family member who's struggling with drug or alcohol misuse is not easy. These tips and resources may help.