Addiction and Recovery

Temple University is dedicated to creating a culture of health, wellness and community that allows students to be successful both academically and personally during their time here. Below you will find both information and resources for those concerned with alcohol and/or substance use.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse:

  • Temporary blackouts or memory loss
  • Recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends as well as irritability, depression, or mood swings
  • Continuing use of substances to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal”
  • Drinking alcohol alone, in the mornings, or in secret
  • Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when one stops drinking

Warning Signs of Substance Abuse Disorder and/or Addiction Problem:

  • Loss of Control: Using substances more than a person wants or intends to, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time
  • Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time on activities that used to be important because of the use of alcohol or drugs; drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Risk Taking: More likely to take serious risks in order to obtain one’s drug of choice
  • Relationship Issues: People struggling with addiction are known to act out against those closest to them, particularly if someone is attempting to address their substance problems; complaints from coworkers, supervisors, teachers or classmates
  • Secrecy: Going out of one’s way to hide the amount of drugs or alcohol consumed or one’s activities when drinking or drugging; unexplained injuries or accidents
  • Changing Appearance: Serious changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance – lack of showering, unclean clothes
  • Family History: Can dramatically increase one's predisposition to substance abuse
  • Tolerance: Over time, a person's body adapts to a substance to the point that they need more and more of it in order to have the same reaction
  • Withdrawal: As the effect of the alcohol or drugs wear off the person may experience symptoms such as anxiety or jumpiness; shakiness or trembling; sweating, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches.
  • Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: Even though it is causing problems (on the job, in relationships, for one’s health), a person continues to use