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.