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Substance Use Problem

Having a substance use problem 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 use 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.

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