Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Dependency

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  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Frequent absences
  • Frequent arguments; child/spousal abuse
  • Family members display codependent behaviors
  • Sexual problems (impotence, affair)
  • Separation/divorce (initiated by spouse)


  • Multiple complaints
  • Increased use of prescription medicine
  • Increased hospitalizations
  • Frequent visits to physicians, dentists
  • Personal hygiene, dress deteriorate
  • Accidents, trauma, ER visits, serious emotional crisis


  • Decrease in community affairs
  • Change of friends, acquaintances
  • Drunk and disorderly, DUI arrests
  • Involvement with place of worship change
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Isolation from support systems


  • Inappropriate behavior/moods
  • Decreasing quality of performance
  • Inappropriate decision making
  • Borrowing money from co-workers
  • Co-workers "gossip" about changes of behavior
  • Frequently sick, unexplained absences

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