Identifying a problem

It can be hard to admit and accept that you or someone you love has a problem with substance use. Understanding how alcohol or other drugs affect you or a loved one is an important first step toward getting better.

What does addiction look like?

Here are some common signs and symptoms of substance use disorder:

  • Losing control and judgment, especially when it comes to substances (drinking/using more than you meant to, for longer than you meant to)
  • Taking risks
  • Neglecting responsibilities at home, at work, or in relationships
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Disconnecting from friends and loved ones
  • Not taking care of your health or hygiene
  • Hiding activities, injuries, or how much alcohol or other drugs you used
  • Tolerating more and more of the substance to get the same effect
  • Drinking or using other drugs even when it has a negative impact
  • Needing to use to feel OK
  • Having withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use alcohol or other drugs. This can include anxiety, shakiness, sweating, nausea and/or vomiting, depression, irritability, loss of appetite, fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms.

You can answer just a few questions to find out more about your substance use. These surveys are totally anonymous.

How much is too much?

Do I have a drug problem?

To understand how alcohol and other drugs affect your brain and body, find out more here.

What do I do next?

If you are struggling with addiction, call us at 800.327.5050 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, and 8am-6pm weekends.

You can also learn more by answering a few questions about your needs here. We’ll give you treatment options, so you can choose what is right for you.

If you care about someone with substance use disorder, learn how you can help them and how to get support for yourself. Parents of youth and young adults can find additional resources here.