Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level, or lifestyle.
You may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, if:
- You can’t predict whether or not you will use drugs or get drunk.
- You believe that in order to have fun you need to drink and/or use drugs.
- You turn to alcohol and/or drugs after a confrontation or argument, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings.
- You drink more or use more drugs to get the same effect that you got with smaller amounts.
- You remember how last night began, but not how it ended, so you’re worried you may have a problem.
- You have trouble at work or in school because of drinking or drug use.
- You make promises to yourself or others that you’ll stop getting drunk or using drugs.
- You feel alone, scared, miserable, and depressed.
If your friend or loved one has one or more of the following signs, he or she may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:
- Getting high on drugs or getting drunk on a regular basis.
- Lying about things, or the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using.
- Avoiding you and others in order to get high or drunk.
- Giving up activities they used to do such as sports, homework, or hanging out with friends who don’t use drugs or drink.
- Having to use more alcohol or other drugs to get the same effects.
- Constantly talking about using drugs or drinking.
- Believing that in order to have fun they need to drink or use other drugs.
- Pressuring others to use drugs or drink.
- Getting into trouble with the law.
- Feeling run-down, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal.
- Suspension from school for an alcohol-or drug-related incident.
- Missing work or poor work performance because of drinking or drug use.