For many, the use of alcohol and other drugs is nothing more than a pleasant way to relax. However, people with substance use disorders, use to excess, potentially endangering both themselves and others. Substance use, abuse, or dependency, however stated, does change our brain’s functioning, creating an alternate mood. It can also impact other areas of our lives such as relationships, employment, and extracurricular activities.
Please consider these questions if you have ever wondered when chemical use becomes more than just use:
- Have you ever felt the need to cut down on your drinking/drug use?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking/drug use?
- Have you ever become irritated by someone criticizing your alcohol/drug use?
- Have you ever had a drink/drug the morning after to steady your nerves?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might consider seeking professional help.