Alcohol & Drugs

Information presented here is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it intended to replace therapy. Individuals struggling with use/abuse of alcohol or drugs are strongly encouraged to seek professional assistance. Please contact the CCU Counseling Center for more information, further assistance, or for referrals.

Using/abusing alcohol or drugs is commonly called “substance use/abuse” or “chemical dependency” – this includes a wide variety of substances and chemicals: alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs, prescription medication, and even household chemicals. Mood-altering and psychoactive substances are available in varying levels of toxicity and can result in dependence, illness, and sometimes death. Alcohol and drug use also ranges from occasional use to frequent abuse, and may eventually lead to or currently involve a physical or psychological dependence upon the substance.

Persons struggling with substance use / abuse should seek professional assistance in addressing these concerns.

Common physical symptoms* of substance dependence include the following:

  • bloodshot eyes (with pupils larger/smaller than normal)
  • changes in appetite patterns or sudden weight loss/gain
  • unkempt, lack of personal hygiene
  • unusual smells on body, clothing, or breath
  • tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
  • drop in attendance or performance
  • unexplained need for money or financial constraints
  • engages in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • sudden change in friends, hobbies, etc.
  • frequently getting into trouble
  • unexplained personality/attitude changes
  • sudden mood swings, irritability, or anger outbursts
  • periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation
  • lack of motivation or lethargy
  • appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid for no apparent reason

Common signs* of substance abuse or substance addiction include the following:

  • neglecting responsibilities
  • increased risk-taking behaviors
  • substance use is leading to legal problems
  • increased problems in personal relationships
  • increase tolerance to substance
  • use of substances to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • loss of control over using the substance
  • life revolves around use of the substance
  • abandoning previously-enjoyed activities
  • continued substance use despite awareness of negative effects

RESOURCES FOR ALCOHOL / DRUG USE & ABUSE


The resources provided below are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to replace therapy. Individuals struggling with using or abusing alcohol or drugs are strongly encouraged to seek professional assistance. Please contact the CCU Counseling Center for more information, further assistance, or for referrals.

Information, Tips, & Suggestions

Online Resources

* Taken from the American Council for Drug Education (ACDE), an affiliate of Phoenix House.