Alcohol and drug misuse and abuse is widespread in the population. It takes an enormous toll on those who misuse, their family members, and their communities.
Drug and alcohol dependency is characterized by: 1. inability to control usage; 2. continued usage even though there are routine negative consequences; 3. preoccupation with thinking about, and planning – next usage; 4. noticeable change in personality when under the influence. This pattern bears the stamp of self-destructive behavior for the dependent person and usually negatively impacts those around him/her.
We strongly urge anyone with a concern about alcohol and drug misuse or abuse to contact your family physician, employee assistance program, or contact your local drug & alcohol resources for more information and support.