1. You’ve had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves.
2. You have tried to stop or felt the need to stop. While you are successful for a short period of time, you always return to the same levels of consumption.
3. You’ve lied to family members and friends about the frequency or extent of your drinking or “using.”
4. You keep a personal supply of alcohol, drugs or chemical “tools.”
5. You’ve withdrawn from your normal circle of friends and family.
6. It takes more alcohol or drugs than it used to, to relax or stimulate you.
7. You have memory “blackouts” or periods of time you can’t account for.
8. Your work or school performance has begun to decline and you have missed some days because of drinking or using.
9. You’re having difficulty participating in any of your old hobbies, sports or good time activities.
10. You feel uncomfortable talking about your drinking or drug use. The reality is, though, you will have to open up if you want to get well.
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