For many individuals, use of alcohol or other drugs substances is not uncommon.
However, some develop serious problems which require professional treatment. Repeated and regular recreational use can lead to other problems, such as depression or anxiety; some people use drugs and alcohol to compensate for anxiety, depression, or a lack of positive social skills.
Common symptoms of substance use disorders include:
- Drop in school or work performance
- Sudden changes in friends, socialization, hobbies/interests.
- Delinquency, legal trouble, accidents.
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems.
- Increased moodiness or sudden changes in mood
- Physical symptoms include red or bloodshot eyes, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, or decline in personal grooming habits.