The best way to get an accurate answer to the question, “Am I an addict?” is to be assessed by a qualified healthcare professional.
During an addiction assessment, you’ll be asked a variety of questions about your health and behavior. You may talk about the nature and frequency of your substance use, your reasons for using drugs, if you have a history of trauma or mental illness, the impact that your drug use has had on your life, and other relevant matters.
At the end of this conversation, the professional who conducts the assessment can make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment options.
Drug Addiction Quiz If you’re not sure that you have a problem, or if you’re having trouble deciding if you should schedule an appointment for an assessment, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you ever use drugs secretly or when you are alone?
- Have you ever tried to stop using drugs, but were incapable of doing so?
- Do you need to use drugs to experience pleasure or to cope with emotional pain?
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about or trying to obtain substances to use?
- Has your drug use caused problems at work, in school, or at home?
- Do you experience a craving or a strong desire to use substances?
- Have you ever lied to friends or family members about the amount or frequency of your drug use?
- Have friends or family members ever expressed concerns about your drug use?
- Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed about your drug use?
- Have you used substances in physically hazardous situations (such as driving, operating heavy machinery, taking care of small children, etc.)?
- Do you think you might be addicted to alcohol or another drug?
- Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the substance OR do you use substances to avoid withdrawal symptoms?
- Have you ever taken substances in larger amounts or for longer than you intended?
- Have you stopped or reduced important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to substance use?
- Have you found that over a period of time, it takes more of the substance to achieve the same effect or that the same amount produces a diminished effect?
If you answered yes to any 2-3 of these questions, you may be struggling with addiction, and you should consult with a professional.
Remember: This drug and alcohol addiction quiz should not be used for formal self-diagnosis, however, it can serve as a guide to evaluate whether you may be on the substance use disorder spectrum. Questioning and assessing your relationship with substances can help lead to positive change. If you feel you are suffering from a medical emergency, you should dial 911 immediately.
Addiction is a treatable condition. With the right care, you can regain control of your behaviors, develop effective relapse-prevention skills, and learn how to live a satisfying life without using alcohol or other drugs. But before you can get better, you may need to get help.