Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling

Abuse of alcohol, drugs, and gambling can be dangerous and costly to the person involved, as well as his or her family, and the workplace. Some of the substances that are considered addictive are alcohol, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, marijuana, tranquilizers, and some prescription drugs. Substance use becomes abuse when it is habitual and interferes with a person’s functioning at work or in relationships.

If you (or someone close to you at home or at work) are worried about the effects of alcohol or drugs, ask yourself:

  • Have you ever tried to cut down your use of alcohol/drugs?
  • Have you ever been angry with someone who has criticized your use?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about your use?
  • Have you ever had an “eye-opener”, which is a morning use of substance to reduce the effects of hangover/shakes, headaches, thirst, or craving?
  • Have you had blackouts?
  • Have you missed work, been late to work, or left work early because of your substance use?
  • Have you ever been arrested for driving under the influence (DWI or DUI)?

If you, or the person you are thinking about, can answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to speak with a professional about options for treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of substance abuse you may observe include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Mood change
  • Change in behavior
  • Smell of alcohol
  • Inattentiveness at work
  • Deterioration in hygiene
  • Frequent absences, especially Mondays and Fridays

Do not diagnose the person who may be impaired.  Consider contacting resources listed on this page to determine the best course of action.