Most of us have used addictive substances at some point throughout our lives, as adult women or as teenagers. Some drink a glass of wine or beer in the pub, others drink daily. Some try cannabis once and some smoke regularly, while others are addicted to pain killers. Even if we ourselves do not use any addictive substance, we often share our homes or our communities with those who do.
The chapter deals with addictive substances and their physical and mental effect on us, how to reduce the risk and damage, ways of fighting addiction, support groups and centers available in Israel, preventative measures and ways to help.