Acute Effects

We Do Recover

The acute effects of drugs, including drinking alcohol, are the immediate and short term effects.  Acute effects are those that people feel shortly after they ingest a drug and are under its influence (e.g., while they are intoxicated).

When a drug is ingested, the acute effects are felt quickly afterwards, but do not last the longest. Acute effects are usually the symptoms that users are seeking when using a drug, such as energy and euphoria from the use of methamphetamine.

Put simply, acute effects are the immediate and short-term consequences of using a substance. These effects occur shortly after consumption and typically last for a brief period of time. It’s important to distinguish these acute effects from the long-term effects, which may have more significant repercussions.

The addiction recovery community often discusses acute effects as they help individuals and professionals better comprehend the immediate impact of substance use. These effects vary depending on the specific substance consumed.

For example, let’s consider alcohol, one of the most widely used substances. Its acute effects can include impaired judgment, lowered inhibitions, slurred speech, and even memory loss. On the other hand, substances like opioids may cause drowsiness, slowed breathing, and euphoria as their acute effects.

Understanding these acute effects is fundamental for addiction treatment. It allows professionals to assess the impact of substance use and develop appropriate intervention strategies. By recognising and addressing the acute effects, they can help individuals recover more effectively.

Additionally, understanding acute effects helps individuals themselves make informed decisions. If you’re aware of the immediate consequences of substance use, you can better evaluate the risks and potential harm it may cause to your health and well-being.

It’s worth noting that the understanding of acute effects has evolved over time. Ongoing scientific research continually provides new insights into the specific effects of various substances. This knowledge helps refine addiction treatment and aids in creating effective strategies to combat substance abuse.

So, whether you’re seeking treatment or simply looking to educate yourself, understanding acute effects is vital. By recognising and embracing this knowledge, you can enhance your understanding of substance use and its immediate impact on your life. Keep in mind that addressing acute effects is an essential step towards a healthier future.

    Addiction and Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    View More

    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. Specializing 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, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized 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

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab 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.

    Scroll to top