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Do I Have a Drug or Alcohol Problem?

One of the scariest things for many teens is realizing that they have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse. However, sometimes you might not realize how serious your problem has become. If you have friends and family members who try to tell you that you have a teen substance abuse problem, it might mean that you need to stop and think about how often you use drugs and alcohol, as well as figure out the reasons why you use them. And when you decide that it is time to get clean, there some different ways you can get help.

Signs of a teen drinking or drug problem
If you are concerned about your use of alcohol and drugs, you can get an idea of whether or not you need help by carefully evaluating your behaviors. Here are some of the signs that you may be developing a substance abuse problem with alcohol, drugs or both:

    • Drugs and/or alcohol become a way to relax or forget your problems.
    • Withdrawal from and resentment towards family and friends.
    • Declining grades.
    • Spending a lot of time figuring out how to get drugs or alcohol.
    • More money problems, since you need it to buy drugs and alcohol.
    • Gradual withdrawal from activities you used to like, replacing them with drug or alcohol use