Substance abuse is the misuse or dependence of a mood altering substance, such as alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, etc. The symptoms of a substance abuse concern can be cognitive, behavioral or physiological. The American Council on Drug Education lists the following physical and behavioral signs of someone who may be experiencing substance abuse concerns.
*Warning: Please note that the signs and symptoms are indicators that something may be amiss, but the symptoms could be contributed to a mental or physical health problem. The above information is intended for educational purposes only and not as a diagnostic tool. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms above, Counseling Services encourages you to schedule an appointment with a counselor or the appropriate professional to explore the concern further.
*Retrieved from Phoenix House
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Here is some information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism on drinking among college students.
You can also take a look at this video that explains alcoholism and the causes, treatments, and symptoms that go along with it:
While marijuana is legal for adults over 21 in Michigan, here is a video that explains cannabis use disorder, the symptoms it presents, and potential treatment options:
Drugs aren't just the hardcore stuff we hear about in movies or the news, like LSD and heroin. Drugs include everyday things like aspirin and caffeine as well. This video explains drug addiction from a scientific perspective: