Many international students coming to the US are away from home for the first time. You may think that this is a great time to explore yourself, especially with the availability of drugs and alcohol on and off campus.
If you have a family history of alcohol or drug abuse, controlling your consumption can be difficult or impossible to manage once you start. Avoid even trying any of these substances. While some students can drink in moderation, others may find that drinking or drugs can consume them. Typical signs of an alcohol or drug abuse problem include:
You drink or use drugs to relieve stress or deal with other problems
You drink or use drugs in the morning or daily
Alcohol or drugs are the center of your activities
You spend your money on drugs and drinks, even when you need it for other purchases
You find yourself drunk or high at times where you should not
You've missed classes or meals because you were drinking or using drugs
You've left an appointment because you were too drunk or too high
You black-out and can't remember the previous night
Your friends tell you that you don't act the same and are quick to anger – or you may notice this yourself
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have a drinking or drug problem. There are many programs available that can help you deal with this problem, including alcohol and drug abuse professionals that are on campus, or even off campus. There are also programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, which provide support groups to start managing your addiction.