The user learns he/she can produce euphoric feeling from using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Drugs of Choice: Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, other drugs.
Use: Weekend or occasional use.
Behavior: No obvious change in personality.
The user deliberately and actively seeks the "good feelings" produced by the alcohol or other drugs.
Drugs: Alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, uppers and downers.
Use: Moves from occasional weekend to every weekend.
Behavior: Obvious changes in personality. Lying, displays of anger, may be confrontational with
parents/adults, change in friends. May lose interest in extracurricular activities.
Achieving the "high" is the sole obsession and preoccupation.
Drugs: Alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, uppers, downers, LSD, Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin.
Use: Daily, frequently during the day. Solitary use. Overdoses occur.
Behavior: Lying, stealing, problems with the law, job loss, failure at school, loss of original friends.
Depression, suicidal thoughts.
Increased levels of alcohol and/or other drugs are needed to start and finish the day.
Drugs: Alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, uppers, downers, LSD/Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin.
Use: Constant. It is addiction. Compulsive. The user has no control over use at this point. He or she
is addicted and requires intensive medical intervention.
Behavior: Total deterioration of physical health. Weight loss, chronic cough, and memory loss.
Blackouts, flashbacks, frequent feelings of helplessness.
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