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Getting Help

Friends and family may be among the first to recognize the signs of substance abuse. Early recognition increases chances for successful treatment. Many treatment options and informational resources are available for members of the military community.

Signs of Possible Substance Abuse

  • Giving up past activities such as sports, homework or hanging out with new friends
  • Declining grades
  • Aggressiveness and irritability, feeling run down, hopeless, depressed or even suicidal
  • Paraphernalia such as baggies, small boxes, pipes and rolling paper
  • Getting drunk or high on drugs on a regular basis
  • Lying, particularly about how much alcohol or other drugs he or she is using
  • Avoiding friends or family in order to get drunk or high
  • Planning drinking in advance, hiding alcohol, drinking or using other drugs alone
  • Having to drink more to get the same high
  • Believing that in order to have fun you need to drink or use other drugs
  • Frequent hangovers
  • Pressuring others to drink or use other drugs
  • Taking risks, including sexual risks
  • Having “blackouts” (forgetting what he or she did the night before)
  • Constantly talking about drinking or using other drugs
  • Getting in trouble with the law
  • Drinking and driving
  • Suspension from school or work

Holidays and weekends are often full of fun activities, but can also be dangerous. When planning your after-hours activities, remember the effects of alcohol or prescription drugs, and identify the risks associated with impairment while participating in various activities. Always remember to make responsible decisions while enjoying your off duty activities.

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