Do I Have a Problem?

How do I know if I have a problem?

It’s not always easy to recognize or admit that you have a problem. Keep in mind that craving (a strong desire or urge to use a substance) and withdrawal are only 2 of the 11 factors that a substance abuse counselor considers when deciding whether or not to give a substance use disorder diagnosis.

Here are a few warning signs of drug and/or alcohol abuse:

  • Relying on drugs or alcohol to have fun, forget problems, or relax
  • Having blackouts
  • Drinking or using drugs while alone
  • Withdrawing or keeping secrets from friends or family
  • Losing interest in activities that used to be important
  • Performing differently in school (such as grades dropping and frequent absences)
  • Building an increased tolerance to alcohol or drugs — gradually needing more and more of the substance to get the same feeling
  • Lying, stealing, or selling stuff to get money for drugs or alcohol

Getting Help

If you think that you or a friend may have a problems with drugs and/or alcohol talk to a trusted adult or visit our WHERE TO GET HELP page. Remember addiction can happen to anyone and at any point in their lives. Asking for help early, when you first suspect you have a problem, is important. Don’t wait to become addicted before you seek help. If you think you are addicted, there is treatment that can work.