How to Tell if You Have a Problem with Drugs

Not everyone that uses drugs is an addict. Some people will, at times in their lives, struggle with drug use but not cross the line into addiction. It is important to understand where that line it.


The following are several signs that you may have a problem with drugs:

  • Legal Problems

For some, one DUI or arrest for possession is enough to stop them from continuing down the road they are on. They realize that they are on a dangerous path and need to make serious lifestyle changes. However, for someone who is an addict, they may just tell themselves that they need to be more careful. Or that they need to slow down. They will continue drinking and using, even if it exacerbates their legal problems.

An addict will to continue to drink and use despite negative consequences. They can be on the brink of losing everything—their job, their home, their family—and yet they continue to abuse drugs. Drugs and alcohol may be the cause of all of their problems, but for addicts, they are the only things that make them feel better.

  • Depression/Anxiety

Everyone experiences depression or anxiety at some point in their life, but have you noticed that your depression or anxiety is related to your drug and alcohol use? Do you use to deal with stress? Do you think drugs make you feel “normal”? Do you feel depressed or ashamed after benders? Addicts and alcoholics experience rates of depression, anxiety and suicide that are much higher than the general population.

  • Health Problems

Drug and alcohol abuse can cause a myriad of health issues. This may occur directly as a result of prolonged substance abuse—such as liver disease or “wet brain” from alcohol. However, there are many other health issues that can result from the high-risk behaviors that accompany active addiction. Intravenous drug users not only risk contracting blood borne illnesses such as HIV and Hep C, but they also are susceptible to deadly bacterial infections from dirty needles or using unsanitary water.


If you can relate to any of the signs above, you should speak with a professional regarding your drug and alcohol use. Addiction is a progressive illness, getting worse with time. You don’t have to lose everything before you get help.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, call There is a Solution today to speak with one of our addictions professionals to learn more about the disease of addiction or to get help today. You can speak with someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

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