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Chemical dependencyDrug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate. It affects individuals and families from all walks of life regardless of economic status, race, ethnicity, age or religion. 

Drug and alcohol addiction affects our ability to parent, to work, to go to school. The impact of drug and alcohol addiction can be seen in many segments of our society - lost productivity in the workplace, increased health care problems, increased involvement in criminal behaviors and increased risk for involvement in the child welfare system. 

If you or someone you care for is dependent on alcohol or drugs and needs treatment, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals. Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one's needs.

Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse:

  • You’re neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting your children) because of your drug use.
  • You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.
  • Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.
  • Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships, such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction:

  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to with smaller amounts.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.

Learn more about the chronic disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction is treatable. Prevention and treatment programs are available throughout Westchester.

Don't be afraid to get help for yourself or a loved one. Substance abuse is a life-threatening and chronic disease.

To access treatment and recovery service, visit New York State HOPEline, call (877) 846-7369 or text HOPENY (467369) for help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling.