How do I know if someone has a drug problem?

The signs listed below may suggest a developing problem, which you should discuss with an adult you trust:

  • hanging out with different friends
  • not caring about your appearance
  • getting worse grades in school
  • missing classes or skipping school
  • losing interest in your favorite activities
  • getting in trouble in school or with the law
  • having different eating or sleeping habits
  • having more problems with family members and friends

Questions to Ask: Do You Have a Problem? 

Answering yes to any of the following questions may indicate a problem:

  1. Have you ever ridden in a car driven by someone (including yourself) who had been using alcohol or drugs?
  2. Do you ever use alcohol or drugs to relax, to feel better about yourself, or to fit in?
  3. Do you ever use alcohol or drugs when you are alone?
  4. Do you ever forget things you did while using alcohol or drugs?
  5. Do family or friends ever tell you to cut down on your use of alcohol or drugs?
  6. Have you ever gotten into trouble while you were using alcohol or drugs?