How to recognize substance abuse warning signs — and where to find help

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. Our mission at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties is to provide leadership, support, and funding to community partners and agencies in the delivery of mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services. If you or someone you care about is showing warning signs of substance abuse, it’s important to seek an evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

12 Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

Frequent cravings for drugs or alcohol
The individual has tried to stop or cut back on drug or alcohol use but haven’t been able to stop on their own
A feeling that drugs or alcohol are needed to fit in or have a good time
Using more frequently or using more than intended to feel the effects
Using a drug without knowing what it was or what it could do
Making mistakes at work or school while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Afraid of being unable to access or use drugs or alcohol
Stealing drugs or alcohol or stealing money or items to be able to purchase drugs or alcohol
Arrest as a result of using drugs or alcohol
Overdose or alcohol poisoning
Family or friends have been hurt by your usage

If some or all of these statements pertain to you or a loved one, you should seek a professional assessment as soon as possible to begin treatment. Don’t wait. The time is now.

Finding Help

Looking for help for you or someone you care about, but are feeling unsure of where to begin? The funded partner agencies of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes County have programs to meet a variety of needs and treatment plans.

Anazao Community Partners’ substance use disorder services are “based on the belief that recovery is a lifelong growth process. Relapse is recognized as part of that process. [Their] system focuses on instilling hope in the recovering individual of achieving personal life goals while encouraging the individual to accept life challenges one step at a time.” Their main office on Back Orrville Road in Wooster can be reached during normal business hours at 330-264-9597 or 800-721-9472.

In addition to prevention, education and addiction services, OneEighty (formerly STEPS and Every Woman’s House) is home to the OASIS Recovery Club which provides a safe environment free of drugs and alcohol to help bridge the gap between the isolation that comes with addiction for individuals who are recovering and returning to their communities. OneEighty can be reached at 330-264-8498 or via their crisis hotline at 800-686-1122.

If you need immediate assistance for you or someone you know, you can also call the local crisis hotline at 330-264-9029 or contact local emergency services at 9-1-1 if a dangerous or life-threatening situation arises.