Do You or Someone You Know Struggle With a Substance Use Disorder?

Do you struggle with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD)?


Some think they do not have a SUD.

Some think they might have a SUD.

Some know they have a SUD.


How do you know if you have a SUD?

Substance Use Disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home (SAMHSA, 2015).


1.      You consume more of a substance than before or consume a substance over a longer period of time than intended

2.      You want to cut down on a substance, but struggle to decrease or discontinue use after unsuccessful attempts

3.      You spend a large amount of time trying to get the substance, use the substance, or recover from the effects of the substance

4.      You crave the substance or have a strong desire to use the substance

5.      Your recurrent use results in difficulty fulfilling major obligations such as work, school, or home

6.      You continue substance use despite social or interpersonal problems caused by use

7.      You neglect important social, occupational, recreational, or family activities or there is reduced time spent engaging in these activities due to use

8.      You continue substance use in situations where it is physically dangerous

9.      You continue substance use despite knowing or having persistent physical or psychological problems that were likely caused by substance use

10.  You’ve developed a tolerance for the substance

a.      A deed for more of the substance to achieve same effect

b.      A decreased effect with continued use of same amount of the substance

11.  You experience withdrawal symptoms  


*If you or someone you know struggles with a Substance Use Disorder, please ask for help!