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Identifying Chemical/ Substance Dependence Disorder

 

Warning Signs of Drug or Alcohol Abuse        

 

Alcohol abuse or misuse varies significantly from substance abuse dependence disorder. When our drinking or drug use hurts those that we love and care about, then we probably have a problem. Abuse is not defined by the intention to get drunk or high by use of illegal drugs. Rather drug and alcohol abuse presents in the following behaviors:

  • A significant drop in academic performance, such as poor grades, or problems at work  
  • Arrest(s) for DWI or DUI, thus presenting legal issues
  • Lack of intimacy with spouses, partners, family and friends
  • Extreme impulsive behavior such as overspending, over indulging, overeating, etc.….
  • Symptoms of physical illness become more frequent, along with psychological dysfunction
  • Experiences memory loss more frequently as well as frequent episodic “blackouts”
  • Lack of interest in once favorable activities occurs more often as well as isolation and withdrawal

 

Signs/ Symptoms of Addiction     

 

People who have a substance dependence disorder/ addiction have a markedly increased tolerance for the substance. (alcohol or drug) Those who had substance abuse problems are now “dependent” on their drug of choice. They have lost impulse control over their choice to use or drink. If active use abruptly discontinues, physical pain and discomfort will occur. In other words, alcoholics/ addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some withdrawal symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, memory loss, and the ‘shakes’, also known as delirium tremors. For many individuals who experience several stressors, such as death of a loved one, loss of home, loss of finances, continued use of alcohol or drugs contribute significantly to one’s psychological dependence. It is their attempt to alleviate their intense pain and not focus on their problem with addiction. They become very good at manipulation, using deceit to control, self-centeredness and blame others for their shortcomings. Many times, a person’s struggle with drug and alcohol abuse remains hidden from those closest to them.   

 

Signs of Chemical/ Substance Dependence Disorder include:

 

Increased tolerance, with the need to consume more in order to feel high 
Must have alcohol or drug of choice throughout the day
Social life is surrounded by others who also use or drink; eat at restaurants that serve 
        alcoholic beverages
Reject support from those who care
Avoidance of activities that were once of interest, missing work/ school or other obligations
When not using drugs or consuming alcohol, withdrawal symptoms appear
Failure to disclose active use to family or friends
Binge drinking; consumes large amounts of alcohol, increase in active drug use for several days
Inability to quit on your own

•    Increased tolerance, with the need to consume more in order to feel high

•    Must have alcohol or drug of choice throughout the day

•    Social life is surrounded by others who also use or drink; eat at restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages

•    Reject support from those who care

•    Avoidance of activities that were once of interest, missing work/ school or other obligations

•    When not using drugs or consuming alcohol, withdrawal symptoms appear

•    Failure to disclose active use to family or friends

•    Binge drinking; consumes large amounts of alcohol, increase in active drug use for several days

•    Inability to quit on your own

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Kathleen  Gleason, LPC-S, NCC, is a recognized Certified Diplomat Clinical Forensic Counselor (DCFC)

Her training and 20+ years experience include working with children, adolescents and adults, in the following specialties:

* Expert Witness -  Court Testimony

* Addiction * Alcohol/ Substance Abuse * Eating Disorders * Co-dependency 

* Rape * Sexual Assault * Sexual Abuse/ Molestation 

* Domestic/ Family Violence * Battering  

* Dating Violence * Identification of Dangerous & Unhealthy Relationships 

* Child Abuse - neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse

* Elder Abuse - neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse

Increased tolerance, with the need to consume more in order to feel high 
Must have alcohol or drug of choice throughout the day
Social life is surrounded by others who also use or drink; eat at restaurants that serve 
        alcoholic beverages
Reject support from those who care
Avoidance of activities that were once of interest, missing work/ school or other obligations
When not using drugs or consuming alcohol, withdrawal symptoms appear
Failure to disclose active use to family or friends
Binge drinking; consumes large amounts of alcohol, increase in active drug use for several days
Inability to quit on your own
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