Recognizing Substance Use Disorder
If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, honestly ask yourself the following 11 questions from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If the person you care about is willing, you can include them in the discussion. We use the term "drug" to refer to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and/or alcohol in this context.
- Does the person take the drug in larger amounts or for longer than intended?
- Does the person want to cut down or stop using the drug but cannot?
- Do they spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the drug?
- Do they have cravings and urges to use the drug?
- Are they unable to manage responsibilities at work, home, or school because of drug use?
- Do they continue to use a drug, even when it causes problems in relationships?
- Do they give up important social, recreational, or work-related activities because of drug use?
- Does the person use drugs again and again, even when it puts him or her in danger?
- Do they continue to use, even while knowing that a physical or mental problem could have been caused or made worse by the drug?
- Do they take higher doses of the drug to get the wanted effect?
- Have they developed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the drug?
- Some withdrawal symptoms can be obvious, but others can be more subtle—like irritability or nervousness.
If the answer to some or all of these questions is “yes,” then you or your friend or loved one might have a substance abuse problem. In the most severe cases, it is called an addiction. For a more thorough assessment, or to speak with an admissions specialist about drug and alcohol treatment, call us at (844) 206-9063 or fill out our form.