988Mental Health Crisis & Suicide Prevention
Dial 988, a helpline for immediate crisis and non-emergency assistance, for mental health and substance use issues.
For serious medical problems or any imminent, life-threatening situation, dial 911.
Substances and Your Brain
Your brain is what makes you you. It allows you to think, breathe, speak, and feel. The brain is always working, processing information so we can function properly. When substances enter your system, they mess with your brain’s typical functionality and can eventually lead to negative changes in how it works.
What does “getting high” really mean?
We used to believe that the “high” you feel while using substances was because of dopamine – “the happy hormone.” Now, we know that it’s a lot more complicated. Many substances affect your brain’s “reward system.” This system remembers where you are and who you are with when you use substances, leading you to seek those places and people out again. These patterns then reinforce the desire to use substances more and more often.