Signs of Abuse

Specific questions can help gather information regarding drug\alcohol problems. This is for early recognition (before the symptoms are exaggerated or the person is dysfunctional). We assure this is confidential.

Remember: determine by the way the person uses, not by how much or how often.

Do you sometimes look forward to using or getting high when you should be doing something else?
When you do use, do you take as much as you can as quickly as possible?
Do you ever find yourself using or drinking more than you or others think you should. (A "yes" answer, 90% chance of problem usage).
Do you ever find yourself using alone? Even though others may be around, you are using alone (doesn't mean physically alone).
Do you ever protect your supply so as not to be caught short when you might need it?
When feeling poorly, do you ever think, "If I only had it, I 'd feel better?"
Do you find you are able to use more now and still remain remarkably efficient? (Not appropriate for marijuana; usually opposite effect).
Do you ever have "holes in your memory", where you couldn't remember what you did when you used?

A "yes" answer to at least four (4) indicates problem usage. The inability to provide outlines of daily routines may be an indicator that serious drug involvement is happening, for the individual's, total daily routine may be geared toward obtaining and using drugs.


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