This information should not be used to clinical diagnosis any particular persons. The purpose of this information is to assist the GSU campus community in our efforts to respond to distressed students.
Substance Abuse is an unhealthy pattern of substance use, marked by recurrent consequences linked to repeated misuse of substances. Substance abuse is not the same as substance use, substance misuse, or hazardous use of a substance. Abuse is related to a behavior pattern. When substance abuse begins to interfere with one's ability to function in school, work, or personal life this person is in need of some assistance.
Potential Alcohol/ Drug Abuse
- Disorderly in class or work
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities
- Abusive (physically, mentally, verbally)
- Trouble with law (disorderly conduct)
- Social and Verbal impairment
- Let this person know you have noticed changes in their behavior and offer assistance.
- Encourage person to discuss changes.
- Offer options to look further into and/or manage substance issues(Counseling Services, Mental Health Professional, Addictions Counselor)
- Ignoring signs of intoxication
- Placing judgement or criticism
This information is based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV-TR).