Symptoms & Signs of Addiction to Alcohol or Other Drugs

Continued use of alcohol or other drugs despite the negative consequences.

Tolerance to alcohol or other drugs by increasingly need larger amounts to get high.

Craving or a strong need to use alcohol or other drugs despite the consequences.

Loss of Control over the amount of alcohol or other drugs used or the time and place of use.

Physical Dependence or withdrawal symptoms when alcohol or other drugs are stopped.

Source: What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families, Published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Quiz

Take the quiz:

Do you drink alone when you are feel angry or sad?

Does your drinking ever make you late for work?

Does your drinking worry your family?

Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't?

Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?

Do you get headaches or have a hang over after drinking?

Source: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking


Do Special Events such as a disaster trigger or bring on symptoms?

Symptoms and common reactions to a disaster may include:

  • Feeling tense and nervous
  • Being tired all the time
  • Having sleep problems Crying often or easily
  • Wanting to be alone most of the time
  • Drinking alcohol or taking drugs more often or excessively
  • Feeling numb
  • Being angry or irritable
  • Having problems concentrating and remembering things

More Info and Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration