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Addressing Increased Substance Use in Response to Stress

Are you concerned about a friend, but aren’t sure how to help? Check out these tips for recognizing the signs of substance abuse and the negative impacts to mental and physical health and interpersonal relationships. For more guidance reach out to The Counseling Center!

Substance Abuse: Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance.

Symptoms of Substance Abuse

  1. Drinking/using much more & in larger quantities than you meant to.
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop but being unable to.
  3. Spending a lot of time thinking about getting, recovering or having hangovers, using or planning to obtain drugs and/or alcohol.
  4. Having the urge, craving or strong desire to use drugs or drink alcohol.
  5. Life, school, work, & relationships are negatively impacted by your use.
  6. Continuing to use even after people are concerned about your use.
  7. Preferring to use/drink and miss out on life, school, work, & other events.
  8. Being in dangerous situations and still unable to stop. Ex) drunk driving.
  9. Continuing to use even when negative physical & mental health problems develop.
  10. Using more for the same high.
  11. Getting very sick or emotionally unstable when trying to stop use.

Counseling Center Hours

The Counseling Center at The College of Saint Rose is open:

  • Tuesday, Thursday 9 – 7 p.m. and
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 – 5:30 p.m.

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