Substance Abuse

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include, among others:

•Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
•Having intense urges for the drug
•Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
•Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
•Spending money on the drug, even though you can't afford it
•Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of drug use
•Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing
•Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of the drug
•Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
•Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
•Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug 



•Moderate drinking—1 drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men.


•Binge drinking—5 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that produces blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of greater than 0.08 g/LD. This usually occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men over a 2 hour period.

•Heavy Drinking—5 or more drinks on the same occasion. On each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days.


Alcohol & Drug Helpline at Highland Ridge Hospital
1-800-821-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)