Recognizing Signs & Symptoms

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Knowing if someone has a Substance Use Disorder may not always be easy or clear, but signs can include:

  • Difficulty stopping using alcohol and/or drugs despite the negative consequences it has had on their lives.
  • Loss of control and trouble cutting down the amount of substances used.
  • Denial or blaming other people, rather than alcohol and/or drugs, as the cause of problems.
  • Seeking out alcohol and/or drugs to feel “normal”.
  • Physical withdrawal happens when the brain becomes dependent on a substance including:

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