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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, the specialists at Gateway Treatment Centers know firsthand the warning signs exhibited by a person using drugs or alcohol, including:


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


  • Withdrawal from family members
  • Change in friends; secretive about new friends

Money Issues

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


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

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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 confidential consultation to help determine the severity of substance abuse 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.

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