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How to Stay Healthy

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How to Stay Healthy

 

 How to Stay Healthy

 
There is no way to use illicit drugs or alcohol completely safely, but you can do things to reduce the risks. If you want to talk to some one who can give you specific advice about what you are doing come to a recovery café and talk to one of our staff.
 
This section gives advice on how to avoid some of the most serious risks, 
 
·         Overdose
·         Infection
·         Dependence
·         Pregnancy Advice
·         Safe Sex and Sexual Health
·         Smoking
 
General advice
 
  • Only use around people you trust
    • To get help if you get into trouble 
    • Not to take advantage of you if you are “out of it”
  • Use a tiny bit first to test your reaction
  • Don’t mix drugs:
    • They can interact with each other in unexpected ways.
    • Especially Don’t mix ‘downers’ like opiates (heroin etc), benzos ( like diazepam etc) and alcohol - they all slow your breathing and together they can kill you.
  • Avoid injecting - swallowing, smoking or chasing is safer
  • If you have used drugs don’t do things that need you to be alert like
    • Driving
    • Swimming
    • Climbing
  • Don’t use if you have significant physical or mental health problems
  • To avoid getting dependent don’t use every day. Some drugs cover for each other (like benzo’s and alcohol) so to be sure you aren’t just covering up by using something else, have a few completely  drug/alcohol  free days every week