More to Know About: Drugs and Controlled Substances

Highly dangerous yet often misunderstood, substance abuse is a pattern of repeated drug use
that often interferes with health, work, and social relationships. Substance abuse pertains to both
illegal scheduled drugs and controlled substances.

In the past 20 years, opioid abuse has become an epidemic across the United States. Michigan
has passed several laws reducing the risk of jail time and increasing treatment for those with
drug addictions, such as the 2016 Good Samaritan Law. However, there is still a lot to be done
to remove the stigma surrounding drug addiction and to prioritize saving lives over
imprisonment.

Drug Addiction Statistics

Identifying drug addiction in kids and loved ones

It can be challenging finding out your child or loved one has substance use disorder. While each
one doesn’t definitively indicate drug abuse, these are some general indicators of drug
addiction:

  • Difficulties at school/work, disinterest in extracurriculars, declining grades
  • Changes in physical appearances, such as wearing inappropriate or dirty clothing and declining hygiene
  • Increased paranoia or sudden desire for privacy
  • Financial mismanagement
  • Defensiveness when asked about substance use
  • Changes in appetite and weight loss
  • Bloodshot eyes, poor skin tone and appearing exhausted

It’s important to remember that drug abuse doesn’t make anyone a bad person or a “druggie.” They need support, treatment and a will to change.

Client Reviews

Substance abuse counseling centers

If you’re someone with a substance abuse problem, admitting it is hard enough; we’ve made it
easier to find reputable counseling centers in your area.
Foundations Detroit
117 W 3rd St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Michigan Counseling Group
2449 Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48092

Guidance and Prevention Services Inc.
1500 N Stephenson Hwy
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Oakland Family Services
Multiple locations across metro Detroit

River’s Bend PC
850 Stephenson Hwy #210
Troy, MI 48083

Meridian Health Services
Multiple locations across metro Detroit

Starfish Family Services (Headquarters)
3000 Hively
Inkster, MI 48141

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