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Jan Edward Williams, MS, JD, LCADC
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This information about indicators of problem use of alcohol or other drugs (AOD) is intended to serve as a practical guide to help a person to decide whether or not AOD use is causing problems. We do not think labels, such as "alcoholic" or "drug addict", are very helpful. Instead, we ask: Does use of a substance of abuse cause problems in significant areas of a person's life, and, if so, does the person keep on using it in the face of knowledge that it is causing these problems? If the answer is "yes" to these two questions, then the person clearly has a harmful relationship with the substance, and can benefit from help.
A common misconception is that in order for a person to have a problem with AOD, he or she must use every day, and must physically crave the substance. Often problem users drink or use other drugs only two-to-three times per week. The best question is not "Do I have to drink?”, or, "Can I stop using marijuana during the week?", but, "Is my substance use causing me problems in important areas of my life?"
Here are some more danger signs.
Here are some specific Questions which explore how AOD use can harm an individual in significant life areas:
A "Yes" to any of these questions is cause for concern and indicates the person may be developing a harmful relationship with alcohol or other drugs.
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