Faces of Change: Do I Have a Problem with Alcohol or Drugs? (SAMHSA)

Alcohol and drug problems affect many people. Some people see that drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs is hurting them. But there are a lot of other people who don’t even know they have a problem. They ignore the warning signs, even when their friends and family tell them that they have a problem.

This booklet looks at five people: Eric, Sue, Yolanda, Derrick, and Don. They come from different backgrounds, but they all have a problem with alcohol or illegal drugs.

As you read about these five people, think about your own life and the role that alcohol or drugs may play in it. Could drugs or alcohol be causing problems that you weren’t even aware of? Could you or someone you know be in denial about a problem with alcohol or drugs? Look at what the characters do. Will their actions help or hurt? Would you do the same thing or something different?

A publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


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