Substance use may have negative impacts on health, personal relationships and overall wellbeing. Some of these impacts are viewed by society as being more “normal” or “acceptable,” such as missing work because of a hangover, while other impacts are seen as more serious or unacceptable, such as being charged for a DUI, or losing one’s job.
Individuals living with addictions deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect. The WGDS believes that we all play an important role in responding to these issues together. Understanding how substances impact us and making informed choices about the substances we use is critical to our health and wellbeing.