symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse Policy Term Definition

Major symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse may include declining work performance as manifested by unavailability, missed appointments, lapses in judgment, incomplete medical records, poorly communicated nocturnal phone orders, mood swings, unexplained absences, embarrassing behavior, signs of intoxication or self-medication, and/or withdrawal from hospital or other professional activities. Family problems and change in character or personality are further accompaniments of a substance abuse disorder.