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5 Levels of Substance Use and Abuse

What are the Different Levels of Substance Abuse?

Do you or a loved one use drug substances? Use the following categories to determine the seriousness of your drug use situation:

1. Experimental Use: trying substance once or twice.

2. Recreational Use: using a substance socially, only with friends or at a party.

3. Circumstantial Use: using a substance to escape or avoid personal problems or life circumstances OR using a substance to get through a challenging situation (e.g.: taking caffeine-laced pills to stay awake to study for exams).

4. Intensified Use: increasing over a long period of time. This describes the regular user who experiences on-going physical symptoms because of their drug use (sore throat, cough, runny nose, nosebleeds, weight loss, irritability, etc.).

5. Compulsive Use: True addicts who can’t voluntarily give up their substance abuse. They can no longer choose not to use, and suffer significant life and heath disruption because of their addiction.

If you or a loved one have a substance abuse problem, or if you think you’re becoming and addict, contact us at 1-877-562-2565. We can help.