Substance Use Problems

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Learn about substance use problems

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A substance use problem is using drugs or alcohol in a way that harms you or that leads you to harm others, like your family or friends. People can have substance use problems with alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs. Even using tobacco can be considered a substance use problem. People who have a substance use problem with drugs or alcohol can also become addicted to them. If you think you might have a substance use problem, our topics can give you the support you need to help you cut back or quit. And if you're worried about someone else, you can find tips in our topics for providing support to others.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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