Do You Need Treatment?

Do You Need Treatment?

Like most illnesses or disorders, substance abuse disorders have certain signs and symptoms that are used to determine whether one has that particular illness or disorder. Below is a list of some of the common questions asked when trying to make this determination.

Be honest with yourself when you answer these questions. There is nothing to be gained by minimizing, denying, or explaining away your answers.

Do you use alcohol or other drugs? (Such as wine, beer, hard liquor, marijuana, cocaine, heroin or other opioids, amphetamines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, hallucinogens, designer drugs, or inhalants)?

Have you ever felt that you use too much alcohol or other drugs?

Have you thought about or tried to cut down or quit drinking or using alcohol or other drugs?

Have you gone to anyone for help, voluntarily or forced, because of your drinking or drug use? (Such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, counselors, or a treatment program.)

Have you had any health problems related to using or drinking? For example, have you:

Has drinking or other drug use caused arguments or problems between you and your family or friends?

Has your drinking or other drug use caused poor school or work performance?

Have you been arrested or had other legal problems related to drinking or drug use? (Such as bouncing bad checks, driving while intoxicated, theft, or drug possession.)

Does it take more alcohol or drugs now than it used to in order to get the desired effect?

Do you spend a lot of time under the influence, planning, talking about, thinking about or trying to get alcohol or other drugs?

Do you drink or use more than you intended to or at times when you know you shouldn’t?

Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?

Has anyone else ever suggested or directly told you that you have a problem?

Have you ever admitted to yourself or someone else that you have a drinking or drug problem?

Do you have alcohol or drug problems in your family?

Do you spend more money than you should on alcohol or drugs?