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Recognizing Addiction: How do I Know if I or Someone I Care About has an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

In Health, Lifestyle by Dr. J. Byron Brooks

It’s not always easy to see when your drinking has crossed the line from moderate or social use to problem drinking or drug use.  We often only identify the “alcoholic” or “addict” when they seem to have hit the bottom:  loss of a job, legal problems, health issues, serious family strife, etc, but the warning signs start long before then.  In my nearly 30 years as a therapist, alcohol and other drug abuse is one of the most common factors in separation and divorce.  For the alcoholic or addict, their drug becomes the most important relationship in their life. Alcoholism and other drug abuse are due to many factors, such as genetics, family environment, social environment, and your emotional health. People who have a family history of alcoholism or who …