Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse includes a wide range of behaviors. It is typically characterized by the prolonged use or misuse of substances including alcohol, or prescription or illicit drugs.

If you find yourself relying on these types of substances to cope with difficult emotions, big life changes, or to get through your daily routine, this can be an indication of substance abuse.

Some common signs and symptoms of substance abuse to look out for include:

  • The inability to cut down on the frequency or amount of drugs or alcohol taken, even if you have the desire to stop
  • A change in social habits, such as a sudden disinterest in or evasion from friends and family, or increased secrecy
  • Neglecting obligations at home, at work, or within relationships
  • A change in financial standing, including the need to borrow money or sell belongings without explanation
  • Poor decision making, including an increase in risky behaviors without concern about repercussions
  • An increased frequency in conflict including a higher occurrence of arguments or insubordination
  • Physical changes, such as changes in complexion, sudden weight loss, bloodshot eyes, or poor hygiene
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as sleeping too much or too little

How Common Are Substance Use Disorders?

If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In fact, substance abuse is incredibly common, affecting millions of individuals in the United States alone each year.

It is reported that 1 in 12 adults – more than 18 million people – has a substance abuse disorder. And of that group, more than 8 million of them also had a co-occurring mental illness.

Substance Abuse Counselors Help Make Recovery Possible

Even if it feels like your substance abuse is monopolizing your life, your relationships, and your resources, it’s important to know that help is available to you, and recovery is possible.

REACH clients receive individualized substance abuse counseling based on an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and a clinical assessment, designed according to the client’s specific needs. Our therapists can help you to not only address your substance abuse issues, but can work with you to get to the underlying reasons for turning toward substances to cope with your emotions.

It takes tremendous strength to seek help when living with a substance use disorder. But taking that first step can make all the difference in getting back to the life you want to live.

Explore Online Substance Abuse Counseling

In today’s day and age, flexibility and convenience are key, and many individuals may prefer to receive counseling via telehealth. We understand that receiving treatment for a substance use disorder is paramount, no matter whether it happens in person or online. That’s why we are proud to offer comprehensive online substance abuse counseling to give our clients a flexible road to recovery.

Our telehealth therapy is just like the treatment you would receive in person, except that it takes place via video conferencing or telephone. REACH therapists are trained to provide the same confidentiality and compassionate care expected with any of our counseling services.

Let REACH Help Through Substance Abuse Counseling

Don’t let your reliance on substances continue to negatively impact your day-to-day life. If you find yourself leaning on drugs or alcohol to cope with your emotions, it’s important to remember that help is available, and healing is possible. The trained clinicians at REACH Behavioral Health are licensed and ready to help you take the first step toward recovery.

Contact us today to learn more about substance abuse therapy and to get started.


If your day-to-day life and interactions are affected by your reliance on drugs or alcohol, seeking the treatment of a mental health professional and substance abuse counselor can enable you to learn healthier coping techniques and begin a journey toward recovery and healing.

Where Can We
Reach You?

If you are interested in beginning this journey of healing, we encourage you to contact us. You will be connected with our intake specialist, who will listen to your needs and pair you with one of our counselors. Taking that first step is always the hardest, but every journey of 1000 miles always begins with one first step.

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