• Health Awareness Series: June 2018 - Do You Have a Substance Use Problem

    Date: 7/2/2018 01:49:17 PM

    People use drugs and alcohol for many reasons. Some of these reasons are to forget about troubles at home, at school or at work; or because people think drugs and alcohol make them feel better or help them “have a good time.” Most people start using drugs never thinking they could get addicted.

    Taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol can change the way your brain works. These changes in the brain make it very hard to stop using drugs and/or alcohol. But stopping can help you:

    • Have better health and a longer life
    • Have better relationships with friends, family and co-workers
    • Make new friends and find other interests
    • Save money

    Ask yourself these questions if you think your drinking is out of control 1:

    • Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
    • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    • Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
    • Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

    If you think you or someone you know has a substance use problem, ask the following 2:

    • Have you used drugs other than for medical reasons?
    • Do you take more than one drug at a time?
    • Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?

    (If you never use drugs, answer “Yes.”)

    • Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use?
    • Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?

    (If you never use drugs, answer “No.”)

    • Does your spouse or partner (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
    • Have you neglected your family because of your drug use?
    • Have you done illegal things to get drugs?
    • Have you ever had withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
    • Have you had medical problems because of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?

    If you said "yes" to more than one question, you may have a problem. Talk to your doctor about getting help. You can call the Alcohol and Drug Helpline at 800.662.HELP (4357), TTY number 800.487.4889, at any time to find drug treatment centers near you.

    Affinity Health Plan is here to help you overcome any alcohol or drug problems you might have. If you need help, please call Affinity at 866.247.5678 (TTY: 711) or Beacon Health Strategies at 800.974.6831 (TTY: 711). We will work together to help you.

    1 Taken from the CAGE substance abuse screening questionnaire

    2 Taken from the Drug Abuse Screening Test: DAST-10

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