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What support is right for me?

You’ve probably heard of detox and rehab but these aren’t the only options when you are struggling with drugs or alcohol. There are heaps of ways of getting help and support. Different options suit different people. Learn about different ways of getting help so you can decide what’s best for you.

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Why do Rehabs ask for UDSs (Urine Drug Screen)?

A UDS screen means you to pee in a cup. That urine is then tested for traces of alcohol and other drugs. This process maybe sighted (someone standing at the door making sure the urine is not from someone else).

A UDS can inform the rehab facility if a person is physically ready to enter a program or if more detox time is needed. This is to make sure a person gets the right support at the right time. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active substance in the cannabis plant. It is of particular interest to medical researchers due to it’s anti-psychotic properties. Understanding that some cannabis contains CBD further helps us understand the appeal cannabis has for young people with mental health concerns.

My mates seem to be able to have a good time with drugs but I can never control my use. Why am I so different?

Everyone has a different experience with drugs and alcohol. Some people have no problems others struggle with their relationship with drugs from the beginning. Usually there is a reason why some people experience problems compared with others. Check out his article about the reasons drugs can become a problem. As hard as it can be, it is best to think about your needs and goals rather than comparing yourself to other peoples experiences. 

I want to stop using but I have been using for a while. I'm scared of how I'll feel. How can I know what to expect?

Reducing or stopping your use, whatever the drug, is probably going to be a unique experience for you. It depends on lots of things such as how long you've used for, how often you use, what drugs you use and even why you use in the first place. We recommend this article which explores some of these ideas. 

What should I bring to detox?

The main things to pack are a change of clothes and toiletries you like to use. Some young people pack gym clothes, swimmers, a favourite book, guitar, photos or encouraging letters or some pocket money.

Some detoxes allow you to have a mobile phone or laptop, others request you hand it into be kept in the safe. 

Check the detoxes smoking (tobacco) policy, usually if smoking is permitted, the detox will ask you to bring enough cigarettes for the length of your stay. 

How long do drugs stay in your system?

Drugs stay in your system for different periods of time – it depends on what you took. It’s also important to know that your body stores drugs differently in different parts of the body. For example, alcohol stays in your blood and saliva for 12-24 hours, your urine for 6-24 hours, and your hair for 2 days; while amphetamine stays in your blood and saliva for 12 hours, urine for 1-3 days and hair for up to 90 days!

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