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Here are some examples of the Tips:
Use in the Face of Adverse Consequences
A rule of thumb in deciding if a person has a drug or alcohol problem is this: Use of drugs or alcohol in the face of adverse consequences. Does the person's use cause negative consequences in significant life areas (relationship problems, legal problems, job problems, health problems) and does the person continue to use anyway? If so, then it is time to seek help.
Thoughts for the Day
Has my drug or alcohol use hurt me and those around me? Has my use caused negatives in my work, my health, my relationships with significant others? Has my use caused me legal problems. A pattern of problems from drug or alcohol use is a problem. I will honestly examine how my use has hurt me and others.
Family History of Addiction Is a Powerful Indicator of Risk for Addiction in Children
If a blood relative in your family, for example, a parent or grandparent, has a drug or alcohol problem, then you may be at serious risk of developing a problem yourself. If you do have such a relative, then it would be a good idea for you to take an honest look at your own drug or alcohol use to figure out whether you are developing a problem. The research is clear that if you have alcoholism or drug addiction in a close blood relative, regardless of whether you live or have lived with that relative, you may be four to six times more at risk to develop an alcohol or drug problem yourself.
Thoughts for the Day
Genetics explains 30 to 70 percent of alcoholism and addiction, depending upon the substance. A genetic predisposition to develop alcohol or drug addiction does not doom the person to develop addiction. Knowledge of this predisposition allows the person to exercise caution in drug or alcohol use or to even abstain from use. I will research my family history for the presence of alcohol or drug addiction and then take appropriate steps to control my use or seek help if need be.
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