Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How do you know if your loved one is an addict?

The line between substance use and substance abuse might not always be clear. In general, if someone uses substances only in ways that are aligned with its expected use (i.e. drinking a single glass of wine with dinner or taking medication as prescribed by a doctor,) they are likely not an addict. It is when someone uses substances excessively and causes harm to those around them that they cross the line into substance abuse.

 If your loved one exhibits any of the following symptoms, they may have a substance abuse problem:

       The user has failed to fulfill obligations at school, work or home due to substances.

       The user operates a car or other heavy machinery while under the influence

       The user has been arrested for a substance-related offense (including DUI)

       The user continues their destructive substance use after family and friends express concern.

If you’re concerned your loved one may be a substance abuser, contact Michigan Psychological Care today at We have offices in Alma, Midland and St. Johns ready to help. Our expert staff can craft an individual treatment plan to cater to your needs. Let us help you today.

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