Substance abuse means that you use alcohol, drugs, or both even though it causes you serious problems.
You may have a substance abuse problem if one or more of the following have happened in the past 12 months:
Using alcohol or drugs has affected your relationships and your responsibilities at home, school, or work.
- You've used alcohol or drugs repeatedly in dangerous situations, like driving under the influence.
- You've been arrested for driving under the influence or disorderly conduct.
- You keep using alcohol or drugs in spite of the problems this causes.