Substance Use Disorders occur when an individual continues using the substance, whether it’s alcohol, cocaine, prescription pain pills or other drugs, despite significant substance related problems. A person who has a moderate or severe substance use disorder may put substance use before family, relationships and career. He or she will continue to drink or use drugs, even if it's causing problems.
It can be hard to recognize when you or someone in your life has a substance use disorder. Denial is common, but addiction can be devastating. Understanding the signs of drug addiction can help you decide if it’s time to seek help for yourself or a loved one.
Alcohol abuse can mean binge drinking, continuing to drink even after it has disrupted your life or having an unhealthy focus on alcohol.
You may be at higher risk for abusing alcohol if you:
Signs of alcohol addiction include:
Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism. This means the body becomes physically dependent on alcohol.
Symptoms of alcoholism include:
People who abuse drugs may be using cocaine, heroin, morphine, LSD, marijuana, sedatives, speed, PCP, ecstasy, prescription pills and other substances.
You may be at higher risk for drug abuse if you:
Signs of drug abuse include:
Drug dependence sets in after long-term, compulsive drug use. That’s because your body starts to need higher doses of drugs in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
You may be dependent on drugs if you: