Substance Use Problem

Having a substance use problem means that you use alcohol, drugs, or both even though it causes you serious problems. Your doctor may call it substance use disorder.

You may have a substance use problem if one or more of the following have happened in the past 12 months:

  • Using alcohol or drugs has affected your relationships and your responsibilities at home, school, or work.
  • You've used alcohol or drugs in dangerous situations, like driving under the influence.
  • You've been arrested for driving under the influence or disorderly conduct.
  • You keep using alcohol or drugs in spite of the problems this causes.

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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