Substance abuse is a blanket term that is used to describe dependence on alcohol, illegal drugs, as well as certain prescription drugs. The physical dependence, abuse of and withdrawal from drugs and alcohol is outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
For some people, it’s difficult to determine if there is a true addiction involved or if their drug and/or alcohol use is social. Everyone behaves slightly different in addiction. Answering the following questions may help to determine an addiction:
Has your use of drugs or alcohol increased over time?
When you stop using, have you ever experienced physical or emotional withdrawal? Have you had any of the following symptoms: irritability, anxiety, shakes, sweats, nausea, or vomiting?Do you sometimes use more or for a longer time than you would like? Does one drink lead to more drinks? Have you continued to use even though there have been negative consequences to your mood, self-esteem, health, job, or family?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions and want help, contact Stonewall Institute. If you have recently been convicted of driving under the influence, you may schedule an alcohol evaluation or DUI-Related Substance Abuse Evaluation through Stonewall Institute at 602-535-6468.