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    Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse 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 abuse 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.

    Current as of: May 12, 2017

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health

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