Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Alcohol and drug abuse is an all-too-common problem among people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The use of alcohol and drugs has become so much part of our culture, that it can often be difficult to determine that you even have a problem.
It can seem like you’re using drugs or alcohol as a way to relax or have fun, but before you know it, it can spiral out of control and become incredibly problematic in your life, or the life of your loved one.
What should you know about the signs of alcohol and drug abuse and when is it time to seek treatment in the form of alcohol and drugs rehab?
- Do you find that alcohol is inferring with your daily life or your responsibilities? This doesn’t just mean that you’re missing things or letting go of your responsibilities because of the time you’re spending drinking, but also the time you spend feeling sick or hungover because of drinking.
- Are you drinking even though you know you’ll be doing something that could become dangerous later, such as driving?
- Are you regularly forgetting things or blacking out because of drinking, or experiencing accidents or injuries?
- Do you continue to drink even when you’re experiencing negative consequences?
- Do you feel like you can’t control how much you drink, or if you don’t drink you go through withdrawal?
- Are you spending the majority of your time drinking or recovering from drinking?
- Is alcohol causing harm to your job, school, or your relationships?
- Do you try to hide your drinking or make excuses for it?
- Do you find that even when you try, you can’t quit drinking?
- Using prescription drugs without a prescription or recreationally other than what’s directed by your physician.
- Lying or trying to hide your drug use from the people you’re close to.
- You’ve developed a tolerance to substances you’re taking so you need to take more and more to feel effects.
- You’re spending too much time or money trying to obtain more drugs.
- You want to stop using drugs, but you find that you’re not able to, and even when bad things happen you keep using them.
- You’re preoccupied with the thought of drugs or alcohol at all times.
- If the effects of the drugs wear off you experience symptoms of withdrawal.
- You’re stealing in order to get more drugs.
- You’re having problems with your relationships.
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