Early Symptoms of Chemical Abuse/Dependency:
Source: Alcohol and Drug Administration
- An increase in the frequency and amount of chemicals used with repetitive intoxication
- The user recognizes his/her ability to consume more than his/her peers (development of tolerance).
- An attraction to suppliers and places where chemicals are readily available (i.e., parties, bars, nightclubs)
- Avoidance of activities that do not involve chemicals
- Use of chemicals at times or on occasions that are socially unacceptable
- Anticipation of the next opportunity to get “high”
- Occasional absences from work
- The use of chemicals becomes a way of coping with emotional upsets and other problems
- The user shifts from one chemical to another in an effort to avoid some of the problems associated with abusive consumption
- The spouse may complain that family problems are related to chemical abuse
- The individual seeks to blame others for problems related to chemical abuse
- The user may experience temporary amnesia (i.e., blackouts).
- The user hides the chemicals and abuses alone
- The individual may evade or be annoyed by attempts to discuss chemical use
- Excessive rationalization to justify chemical use (i.e. finding many reasons, situations, or excuses to indulge)
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