Add up the number of symptoms that apply to find out if it's time to seek treatment.
Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than intended.
Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not being able to.
Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use the substance.
Not managing to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school because of substance use.
Continuing to use the substance even when it causes social or interpersonal problems.
Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
Using the substance again and again, even when in situations in which it is physically dangerous.
Continuing to use the substance even when it causes physical or psychological problems.
Needing more of the substance to get the same effect (tolerance).
Developing of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.
Regardless of the number of symptoms, take the next step and get a treatment recommendation.
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DISCLAIMER: Taking the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5 yourself or for a loved one/friend/co-worker is not intended to be a substitute for, or to be relied upon as, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or health provider.