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Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse

Substance abuse/use refers to the harmful use of psychoactive products such as alcohol and other illicit drugs. This can lead to a dependence on the substance for a person to function. This can effect a person’s health, emotional stability, finances, career, and family. Symptoms of this dependence can include: a strong desire to take the substance, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and physical symptoms when substance is not present in the body.

People of any age, sex, economic status, culture, can become an addict. There is no known average threshold for a person to qualify as an addict. Certain factors such as a family history of addiction, being male, having another mental health disorder, inability to withstand peer pressure, and/or lack of family involvement can increase the likelihood of becoming an addict. Also, while there is a risk of becoming an addict with anything taken, the likelihood further increases with the potency of the drug.

These quizzes below may help indicate whether there is a problem with alcohol or substance abuse. They are not meant to be a diagnosis. These tools are merely a starting point for you to talk with your health professional about your alcohol and/or substance use.