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So, how do I know if I have a problem with alcohol or drugs? Or how do I know if my loved one has a problem? The fact that you’re asking the question implies a curiosity that could reveal the answer.

Self-assessment tests and screening tools can be the key to identifying, understanding, and getting support for alcohol abuse problems. They are not designed to provide a diagnosis. If you think you or someone you know may have an alcohol or drug problem, please consult a physician or professional for a full evaluation.

Do I have a problem with alcohol?

The CAGE Questionnaire

Here’s a simple 4 question test that has proved to be both valid and reliable for accuracy regarding alcohol. Of course, only a professional can make a diagnosis, but the answers here will give a strong sense of the seriousness of any addiction issue.

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you felt bad or guiltyabout your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?

A score of 2 or more yes answers, (were you totally honest?) is considered indicative of a problem with alcohol.

Do I have a problem with drugs?

The DAST Questionnaire

  1. Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
  2. Have you abused prescription drugs?
  3. Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?
  4. Can you get through the week without using drugs?
  5. Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?
  6. Have you had “blackouts” or “flashbacks” as a result of drug use?
  7. Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
  8. Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
  9. Has drug abuse created problems between you and your spouse or your parents?
  10. Have you lost friends because of your use of drugs?
  11. Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?
  12. Have you been in trouble at work because of your use of drugs?
  13. Have you lost a job because of drug abuse?
  14. Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs?
  15. Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?
  16. Have you been arrested for possession of illegal drugs?
  17. Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
  18. Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?
  19. Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug problem?
  20. Have you been involved in a treatment program especially related to drug use?

Scoring YES to 11 or more questions on the DAST indicates a significant problem with drugs.

Be advised that only a professional, following an in-person or phone assessment, can make a diagnosis. For more information, or to talk to that professional, please call our admissions department at 973-848-3751 or 855-646-1139.

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