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Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

In isolation, many of the signals a teenager or adult is abusing alcohol or drugs could be signs of normal behavior. Substance abuse is often the result of a major change or loss in one's life. As Illinois' largest provider of substance abuse treatment, Gateway Foundation specialists know firsthand the warning signs exhibited by a person using drugs or alcohol, including:

Behavior

- Change in overall personality; oversensitive and resentful
- Secretive phone calls, text messages.

Family/Friends

- Withdrawal from family members
- Change in friends; secretive about new friends.

Money Issues

-Unexplained need for money
-Not able to account for spending

Home

-Frequently breaks rules, especially curfew
-Excessive need for privacy; unreachable

 

Get the Answers You Need to Substance
Abuse Questions

If some of these warning signs apply to you or someone you love, it may be time to get help before the issue worsens. Gateway provides a free in-depth consultation to help determine the severity of substance use and identify appropriate treatment. Each individual has different treatment needs based on his or her unique history and current substance use. The consultation will help you better understand program options and next steps.

Gateway is a great resource for people with substance abuse concerns. If you or someone you love is in need of treatment and you want answers fast, contact Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment today at
877-505-HOPE (877-505-4673).