Recreational Use

The landscape of recreational drug use has evolved, now encompassing a broader range of prescription medications alongside traditional illicit substances. These drugs can affect the nervous system in various ways, from mild agitation seen in methamphetamine users to severe reactions like cocaine-induced intracerebral hemorrhage or opiate vapor-induced toxic leukoencephalopathy. Chronic abuse may also lead to lasting neurological and psychiatric conditions. With new drugs constantly appearing, healthcare professionals must remain informed about their potential neurological effects. Recreational drug use, historically a part of human culture, involves using psychoactive substances for enjoyment rather than medical reasons. Today, this includes a wide array of substances, from alcohol and marijuana to prescription drugs used without medical supervision.

Problems With Recreational Use Drugs

The use of recreational drugs presents numerous health and social risks, including the transmission of infections like HIV and hepatitis through shared or contaminated needles, the potential for addiction and dependency and the significant financial costs associated with sustaining a drug habit, which can lead to criminal behavior. Additionally, drug use can severely impact personal relationships, employment status and the well-being of children in the household. Mental health issues, including unusual behaviour, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, are also common consequences, alongside the risk of overdose, which can be fatal. The purity of illegal drugs is often uncertain, increasing the likelihood of accidental harm, violence and risky sexual behaviour, further exacerbating the potential for harm, including sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Recreational drug use carries risks to physical and mental health and can lead to addiction, health problems and social and legal issues. It’s crucial to recognise when use becomes problematic and to seek help. Recreational drugs, categorised as depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens, can cause intoxicating effects and are often seen as a social activity rather than a medical issue. However, the stigma around drug use and addiction persists globally. Factors influencing drug use are complex and multifaceted, including genetics, mental health and social environments. Understanding these factors is essential in addressing the challenges associated with drug use and addiction.

Recreational Cannabis Use

Cannabis, the most used mind-altering substance after alcohol, varies in legality across regions for medical and recreational purposes. Derived from the hemp plant, its primary psychoactive component is THC, alongside synthetic variants like K2 or Spice, which are stronger. Cannabis can be consumed through smoking, vaporising, in edibles or as a tea with hashish being a highly concentrated form. Its potency has increased over time, leading to potential dependence or addiction similar to alcohol and tobacco. Usage affects coordination, sensory perception and can impair driving ability with long-term use possibly leading to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Warning signs of marijuana use include changes in behaviour, personal care and social interactions, alongside physical indicators like bloodshot eyes and unexplained appetite changes. Marijuana acts as a gateway drug, increasing the likelihood of trying harder substances. Its use can impair learning, focus and physical coordination with synthetic marijuana posing risks of hallucinations, kidney damage and even death.

Cannabis smoke shares some carcinogenic compounds with tobacco, occasionally in higher concentrations. Treatments for cannabis dependence mirror those for other substances, incorporating detoxification, behavioural therapies and support groups like Narcotics Anonymous. Despite recent discussions and laws highlighting its medical and recreational uses, these considerations do not extend to children and teenagers, who may misuse such narratives to justify their consumption. Further to that there have been instances of children overdosing on cannabis after mistaking edibles for regular candy. Preventing teenage drug use lacks a straightforward solution but parents can make a difference by establishing clear anti-drug rules, discussing the risks of cannabis and other drugs, acting as positive role models and maintaining a strong presence in their children’s lives.

    Addiction & Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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