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Alcohol and Drug Behavior
Updated On: May 04, 2011

When a person suffers from alcohol or drug addiction it can lead to a number of serious problems for themselves, their work and their family.

Most adults with alcohol or drug problems do not recognize their need for help.

Denial is a big obstacle for one to seek help for alcohol or drug abuse. The desire is so strong that the mind finds many ways to rationalize ones drinking or drug use, even when the consequences are obvious. This can keep one from looking honestly at their own behavior and its negative effects. 
 

Some of the common signs include:

  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about your drinking or drug use.

  • Having friends, family or co-workers who are worried  about your drinking or drug use.

  • "Black Out" or forgetting what you did while you were drinking or using.

 

Alcohol or drug addiction is characterized by a compulsive behavioral disorder.  People who are addicted feel an overwhelming, uncontrollable need for drugs or alcohol, even in the face of negative consequences. This self-destructive behavior can be hard to understand. Why continue doing something that’s hurting you?

Why is it so hard to stop?

The answer lies in the brain. Repeated alcohol or drug use alters the brain causing long-lasting changes to the way it looks and functions. These brain changes interfere with your ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control your behavior, and feel normal without alcohol or drugs. These changes are also responsible, in large part, for the alcohol or drug cravings and compulsion to use that make addiction so powerful. 

The Local 513 Employee Assistance Program consists of trained volunteer peer cordinators to assist you with questions or concerns around substance and alcohol abuse issues.   


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