How Can I Tell If I Have a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol?

Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level, or lifestyle.

Drug use is a preventable behavior, and drug addiction is a treatable disease. As with many other diseases, the sooner it is detected and addressed, the sooner a sick person can begin to get well. How can a teacher tell if a student is abusing drugs? This is a difficult question when behavioral signs and symptoms are used as a basis for suspicion. It is difficult to separate the typical at less of behavior from drug — induced behavior. Just because a student exhibits some of the behaviors listed below, it doesn’t mean that the student is using drugs.

You may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, if:

  • You can’t predict whether or not you will use drugs or get drunk.
  • You believe that you need to drink and/or use drugs in order to have fun.
  • You turn to alcohol and/or drugs after a confrontation or argument, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings.
  • You need to drink more or use more drugs to get the same effect as previously.
  • You drink and/or use drugs alone.
  • You have periods of memory loss.
  • You have trouble at work or in school because of drinking or drug use.
  • You make promises to yourself or others that you’ll stop getting drunk or using drugs but are unable to keep them.
  • You feel alone, scared, miserable, and depressed.

If any of the above warning signs are true, you may have a problem and need to seek help as soon as possible.

Symptoms of possible substance abuse
There are teenage drug addictions for many reasons that happen have to do with how they feel about themselves, how they get along with others, and have a leader. No one factor determines who will have a drug problem and who will not, but several indicators can alert adults that a young person might be involved in substance abuse:

  • aggressive, the rebellious behavior
  • excessive influence by peers
  • lack of parental support and guidance
  • behavior for Robbins at an early age
  • depressed and tired
  • hostile and uncooperative
  • relationships with family members have deteriorated
  • dropped his or her old friends
  • lost interest in his or her appearance; personal hygiene has deteriorated lost interest in hobbies, sports and other activities
  • eating or sleeping patterns have changed

These symptoms are all red flags that something is wrong beyond the norm of the average developing teenager or even in adults.  It is important to seek counseling right away and explore the possibility of drug rehab treatment.