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Checklist: Drug and Alchol Addiction

You’ve identified symptoms commonly associated with drug and alcohol addiction problems.

People who use drugs or drink alcohol on a regular basis, despite related problems, are often identified as struggling with either substance abuse or substance dependence.

Substance abuse is one of the first signs of a drug or alcohol problem. Below is a list of symptoms associated with substance abuse. People who are struggling with this problem will experience at least one of these symptoms within a one-year period:

  • Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school as a result of drug or alcohol use, such as skipping work and staying at home to get high
  • Repeated relationship problems due to drug or alcohol use, such as getting into fights about your alcohol use
  • Repeated legal problems due to drug or alcohol use, such as being arrested for possession
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol in potentially dangerous situations, such as when driving or operating machinery

In addition, many people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction suffer with depression, anxiety, irritability, unstable emotions, and many health-related problems.

Substance dependence is an even more serious and dangerous level of drug or alcohol use. Below is a list of symptoms associated with substance dependence. People who are struggling with this problem will experience at least three of these symptoms within a one-year period:

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