Identifying Substance Abuse

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Alcohol and drug abuse affect not only the user, but those who work and live with the user as well.

It’s not always obvious if someone has a substance abuse problem. Here are some signs that a problem may exist:

  • Hiding the evidence of drinking or using drugs
  • Feeling regret regarding things that happened while “under the influence”
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Memory lapses
  • Frequent tardiness or absenteeism
  • Drinking or using drugs while alone
  • Drinking much more than others at social gatherings
  • Mental confusion, memory loss
  • Carelessness on the job
  • Frequent sickness
  • Money or legal problems
  • Lower productivity
  • Frequent accidents

Substance abusers need help, not punishment. If you or someone you work with needs help with an alcohol or drug problem, try the organizations listed in the community resources page of your telephone book under “Alcohol and Drug Abuse” or perform a Google search for “ Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources” in your area. Your company may have an Employee Assistance Program that can provide counseling or other guidance.

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