AA5It’s just *bangs on table* “shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots” until somebody develops an addiction!

Today, Tameika Cheek, LPC and I have provided insight on how to determine when you or someone you love has a substance use problem. Keep reading for more information!

— Just as an individual’s reason (i.e. curiosity, recreation, peer pressure, self-medicating) for starting alcohol or drugs may differ from someone else’s, the point at which their usage transitions from casual to problematic varies. When monitoring yourself or loved ones for potential substance use issues, pay attention to amount, frequency, and impact. Without minimizing or making excuses, ask yourself how much, how often, and how detrimental your/their use is now when compared to the past.  Noticing that alcohol and/or drugs are being consumed in higher amounts, more often, with less regard for consequences than before are major indicators. On Friday and Saturday, we will provide insight on how to intervene if you discover that you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse or dependence.

 

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