When Is It Time to Talk to Someone About a Substance or Alcohol Abuse Problem?

Updated: Sep 22

Knowing if you have a drug problem isn’t as easy as it seems. That’s especially the case when it comes to recreational drugs, like alcohol and marijuana, as well as some prescription drugs.


Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal and increasing medical issues due to drug use are a few of the more obvious signs that you may have a problem. However, just because you don’t experience any obvious signs of addiction doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem.


So, how do you know if it’s time to talk to someone about substance or alcohol abuse?





It’s Squeezing Things You Used to Enjoy Out of Your Life

What are some of the things you used to enjoy doing before drugs or alcohol entered your life? Are you still doing those things? Or do you find that you’re spending more time on unhealthy habits than the hobbies you used to enjoy?


Maybe you used to love painting, but you find yourself doing it less because you spend more of your time going out to the bar. You might go for fewer walks, turn down family gatherings, or spend less time reading because you’re spending more time using.


Have a hobby that you can’t afford to enjoy anymore because you’re spending so much of your money on alcohol or another substance?


If any of these situations feel familiar to you, it could be a sign that it’s time to talk to someone about your problems.


You’re Shirking Personal and Professional Responsibilities

Are you quickly becoming the unresponsible one among your friends and family? For example, you’re always late to family gatherings, or maybe your friends are no longer surprised when you don’t show up at all?


There’s nothing wrong with taking a mental health day from work or skipping an outing with friends, but if you’re regularly coming in late to work, calling in sick, or leaving your friends hanging due to a hangover or withdrawal, it’s probably because your once harmless habit has turned into a problem.


When you shirk your personal and professional responsibilities, you’ll also notice that your relationships suffer. You could have a problem if you are experiencing more tension with a significant other, parents, siblings, or coworkers. Especially if any of them have mentioned the possibility of drugs or alcohol as the cause of the problems you are experiencing.


Reaching Out if You Think You Have a Problem

Reaching out is one of the hardest things to do if you think you have a drug or alcohol addiction. Don’t be ashamed if you aren’t ready to admit to family and friends that you have a problem. Instead, you can reach out for professional help without leaving the comfort of your home.


Hop on a telehealth call to discuss your concerns with a licensed health professional. You don’t even have to make an appointment, and you can reach out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s a quick, comfortable, and effective way to get the support you need to make changes that will lead to a healthier, happier life.