Alcohol and Drug Abuse

September 07, 2020

Time to take a look at how you or someone you love is using alcohol and/or drugs? What we put into our body matters. Substances like drugs and alcohol have a huge impact on our brain and activate its reward system. Often people try to replicate that feeling of being high or intoxicated despite ever-increasing personal loss and suffering.


On a typical day, do you have 2 or more drinks?


Is it difficult to stop drinking once you start?


Do responsibilities at work or home go undone because of drinking?


Have  you  forgotten  events  due  to drinking?


Do you ever need a drink in the morning?


Has  anyone  expressed  concern  about your alcohol consumption?


Do you wrestle with guilt after you drink?


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) lists the criteria needed to be diagnosed with a substance use disorder.  Some of the hallmarks identified in this list include: craving, drinking or using more than intended. Clinicians highlight two benchmarks for determining a substance use disorder, tolerance and withdrawal. Your answers to the questions below will provide an indication as to whether or not you might be experiencing a substance use disorder.


Have you ever used drugs for other than medical reasons?


Do you need drugs to make it through your week?


Have you ever abused more than one drug at a time?


Do you struggle with guilt about your drug use?


Have  you  neglected  family  or  work because of drugs?


Have you engaged in illegal activities to get drugs?


Do you feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop using?


Has  anyone  expressed  concern  about your drug usage?



Knowing where to start is often the hardest part in any recovery journey. These suggestions can help you begin the treatment process:


✓ Take an honest look at the problems drinking or drug use are causing in your life.

✓  Schedule  a  visit  with  your  primary  care provider to explore treatment options.

✓  Ask   for   help   from   friends,   family   and community resources.

✓ Access  peer  support  resources  such  as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics



If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug use, be courageous and seek help.  Consider  reaching  out  to  your  health care provider and engaging other counseling resources for guidance on next steps.

 Want to talk to a counselor today about this? 

Call us at 800-453-7733 and ask for your “Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation" with one of our licensed counselors. We’ll listen, answer questions you may have, and help you plan next steps.

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