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Drugs and the Brain Wallet Card

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Overview:
This tool is designed for people who have stopped drug use while they were detained in the criminal justice system or while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. To prepare these individuals to return to their home environment, counselors can customize this tool to help them identify triggers that could prompt a drug relapse. It also includes information about resources and helplines. These discreet cards can be kept in a wallet, pocket, purse, or cell phone case for easy access.

Content is as follows:

DRUGS & THE BRAIN

  • Addiction is a brain disease.
  • Drugs change the structure of the brain and how the brain works.
    • These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to harmful behaviors.
    • They can also create and spark triggers that bring on drug cravings. This can make it hard to be around your triggers even if you’ve been drug-free for a long time.

TRIGGERS

A trigger is anything that makes you feel the urge to go back to using drugs because it reminds you of taking a drug and getting high. Learn your triggers and stay away from them:

■ Place ■ Person ■ Thing ■ Smell ■ Feeling
■ Picture ■ Something stressful ■ Memory

MY TRIGGERS
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RESOURCES IN MY AREA
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OVERDOSE

Your risk of overdose is very high if you go back to using. Your body can’t handle the same amount of drug you used before. If you overdose and don’t get treatment immediately, you could die.
This information is based on evidence from NIDA-supported research.

RESOURCES

Find treatment in your area: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (toll-free) or findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
Talk to someone if you’re stressed or sad, or just need someone to listen: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
In an emergency, call 911 or get to an emergency room.
Learn about overdose treatment: drugabuse.gov/naloxone.
drugabuse.gov | teens.drugabuse.gov


Publication Date: 11/2016
Format: Pocket/Wallet Card
Audience: This tool is designed for people who have stopped drug use while they were detained in the criminal justice system or while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment
Publisher: NIH
Downloadable: No; Large orders can be processed through NIH, click here.