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Drugs, Alcohol, and Violence: Getting Help
Special Issue: Positive? How Are You Feeling?

Simply put: street drugs, too much alcohol and any violence (including the threat of violence) are bad for your health.

Drinking a lot of alcohol can weaken the immune system and increase certain side effects from anti-HIV medications. Street drugs can negatively interact with anti-HIV drugs. Smoking can irritate your lungs and make you more susceptible to lung infections.

Often, but not always, violence accompanies drugs and alcohol. Violence hurts the body, mind and emotions. For your safety and your health, it's important to get help.

Stopping the use of drugs and alcohol or leaving an abusive relationship is usually the best way to improve your health. But it isn't always easy. There is support to help you decide the best way to kick an addiction or get safe. Talking to your doctor may be an important first step.

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