Below is a broad list of some of the signs and symptoms that are often associated with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and/or depression. The self-tests included on this site may also serve to provide additional insight into alcohol or drug addiction or mental health problems.




Family Problems:

Professional Problems:

  • Withdrawal from activities

  • Frequent absences

  • Frequent arguments; child/spousal abuse

  • Family members display codependent behaviors

  • Children engage in abnormal, antisocial, or illegal activities

  • Sexual problems (impotence, affair)

  • Separation/ divorce (initiated by spouse)

  • Inappropriate behavior, moods

  • Decreasing quality of performance

  • Inappropriate pleadings, decisions

  • Co-workers and staff "gossip" about changes in behavior

  • Malpractice and disciplinary claims

  • Missed hearings, appointments, depositions

  • Loss of clients, practice, respect

Physical Problems:


  • Multiple complaints

  • Increased use of prescription medication

  • Increased hospitalizations

  • Frequent visits to physicians, dentists

  • Personal hygiene, dress deterioration

  • Accidents, trauma, ER visits

  • Serious emotional crisis


  • Hostile behavior to staff and/or clients

  • "Locked door" syndrome (using it at work)

  • Borrowing money from co-workers, staff

  • Frequently sick

  • Clients begin to complain to associates, staff

  • Frequent unexplained absence

  • Disorganized appointment schedule.

Office Problems:

Social Problems:

  • Decrease in community affairs

  • Change of friends, acquaintances

  • Drunk & disorderly, DUI arrests

  • Loss of confidence in attorney by community leaders

  • Involvement with place of worship changes

  • Sexual promiscuity

  • Isolation from support systems