“We primarily trade in nighttime and in events that facilitate socializing, of which taking substances goes hand in hand. I literally struggle to think of the last event that I attended that didn’t have booze flowing through it…”
The day-to-day grind of a career in music can often lead to feelings of loneliness, irregular wake/sleep hours, demanding travel schedules, extended periods of time away from family, friends and support networks, financial instability and intense competition Combined with the adrenaline of performing, after-show gatherings, late nights, and pressures to perform, it’s no wonder so many in the music industry rely on substances to cope with the rigors of such a complex lifestyle.
But when does using become a problem?
Here are some ways to identify if you or someone else have a problem with substance use:
» Trouble quitting even when desired.
» Continued use of substances even with increased consequences. These can include legal issues, relationship/family troubles, poor job performance, loss of job, DUI’s.
» Obsessive thoughts surrounding using and when the next time an opportunity to use will arise.
» Having a hard time setting “limits” around when and how much to use.
» Loss of interest in ordinary aspects of life.
» Increased tolerance of substances in order to get the same effects.
» Physical withdrawal symptoms when substances are not present: Depression, nausea, sweating, headaches, irritability.
» Borrowing or stealing money to pay for substances.
» Hiding your substance abuse from others and/or using in private.
» Changes in appearance including weight fluctuations, bloodshot eyes and pale skin.
» Increased time spent in social circles who have more access to substances.
» Doctor shopping to get prescriptions for the same drug or problem.
» Looking into other people’s medicine cabinets for drugs to take.
» Mixing of different substances to increase effects.
» Needing substances to feel “normal” and/or to escape from internal thoughts.
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