How to tell if a friend or family member could be abusing alcohol or drugs
It’s difficult to know when to say something when you’re worried about a friend’s drug or alcohol use. Ask yourself…
How does it affect you?
- Have you lost time from classes, studying or a job in order to help your friend cope with problems caused
by her drinking or drug use?
- Is your friend’s drinking or drug use making you unhappy in any aspect of your life?
- Is your friend’s behavior affecting your reputation in a way you don’t like?
- Have you ever felt embarrassed or hurt by something he said or did while intoxicated?
Have there been outbursts of anger or irritability?
- Have you ever had to take care of your friend because of her alcohol or drug use?
How does it affect your friend?
- Does your friend drink in order to get drunk?
- Does your friend drink or use drugs in an environment that you would rather avoid?
- Has there been a change in your friend’s peer group?
- Has your friend ever wanted to cut down on drinking or drug use?
- Does your friend slam drinks?
- Does your friend ever drink to steady his nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
- Has your friend ever been in trouble because of drinking or drug use?
- Does your friend find it necessary to drink or get high in order to enjoy a party?
- Are drugs or alcohol affecting your friend’s academic performance?
- Does your friend drink to escape from or to cope with problems or stress?
- Does she use drugs or alcohol to avoid painful feelings?
- Has your friend ever been unable to remember things she said or did while drinking (blacked out)?
- Has your friend ever had a frightening experience with drugs but continued to use?
- Is your friend annoyed when people criticize his drinking?
- Has your friend ever received medical care for something related to drinking or drug use?
- Have you noticed a decline in personal health or appearance?
- Does anyone in your friend’s family drink to excess regularly?
- Do any close relatives have a drinking or drug problem?