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Do struggle with alcohol or drug abuse?

May 08, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Do you have an issue with alcohol or drug abuse? Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is the first step toward getting help. 

In most cases, quitting drugs or alcohol isn’t something you can do on your own. But many have the question, how do you know you might be an addict?

A big tip is if you have the thought in the back of your mind ask yourself the following questions.

Do you crave the drug or feel like you can’t control your cravings?

Do you use prescription drugs without your doctor’s consent?

Do you continue to use drugs or alcohol even though they may have caused problems at school, home, work, or with the law?

A big question is if using drugs or alcohol hurt your relationships with friends or family.  If you have answered yes to these questions it is worth asking for help.