Signs of Addiction: Social UseEtapas de la adicci³n: Uso social

Stages of Addiction: Social Use

Not everyone who takes a drink or tries a drug has a substance abuse problem. But for some people, what starts as social use can lead to problem use and then addiction. Some people can have a drink or use another substance and then stop. They don't think about drinking or using again for a while. For some this will never lead to heavier use. For others, it may.

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"At first, I enjoyed a glass of wine with friends."

You Can Take It or Leave It

  • You have a drink at a party or a glass of wine with dinner.

  • You tried a street drug once or twice, but never used again.

  • You take medications only when needed and only as directed.

  • You don't think about using or plan the next time you'll use.

Using is Still a Choice

A social user can choose to say "yes" or "no" at any time. This person is in control of his or her substance use. Think about these statements:

  • I can put down a drink without finishing it.

  • I can enjoy myself at a social event without using.

  • I can go without using or thinking about using.

If this describes you, you're most likely a social user. But ask yourself, can you really take it or leave it? You might try for a few weeks or even a month. If you find it hard or you just can't do it, maybe you need to think about your use again.

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Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:38:49-06:00

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