Addiction vs. Substance Misuse

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Decide for Yourself

Not everyone who uses or even misuses drugs or alcohol has an addiction. While there is a medical criteria for defining addiction, there is also a simple way of looking at: if a person wants to quit or control their drinking/drug use, but can’t, or won’t, despite harmful consequences, they are most likely addicted.

Each person is unique and there are exceptions to every rule, however, a good benchmark might be considering a 30-day time period. If someone wants to quit and can’t for 30 days, then that would be a key indicator that it might be more than misuse.

Below is a self-assessment tool that might help in determining what level of dependence on a substance one might have.

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Self Assessment Tools

Which assessment would you like to take?

Alcohol Use Assessment

Drug Use Assessment

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Alcohol Use Assessment

  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing or complaining about your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever had a drink or drug in the morning (EYE OPENER) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
  • Do you use any drugs other than those prescribed by a physician?
  • Has a physician ever told you to cut down or quit use of alcohol or drugs?
  • Has your drinking or drug use caused family, job or legal problems?
  • When drinking or using drugs have you ever had a memory loss (blackout)?

Self Assessment Results

  • If you answered "No" to all of the above questions, but are having alcohol related problems in your life, you may want to seek a professional assessment.
  • 1 "Yes" answer indicates a possible alcohol problem.
  • 2 or more "Yes" answers indicates that a problem is likely to exist.

Drug Use Assessment

  • Are you using more drugs than you plan to use and do you find that you are enjoying it less? That is, your tolerance is developing and despite not feeling very well, you continue to use.
  • Are you experiencing 3 or more of the following physical signs?
    • Excessive periods of fatigue, itching, scratching, and/or skin lesions
    • Sinus problems and nose bleeds
    • Trouble breathing and/or catching your breath
    • Chest pains or palpitations
    • Decreased appetite or weight loss
    • Tremors and poor coordination
    • Sleep disturbances, sleepiness, or excessive sleep
  • Do you feel apathetic, disinterested, depressed; have you lost the ability to concentrate?
  • Do you experience mood swings, irritability, short temperedness, emotional outbursts, rage or excessive sadness, paranoid and/or frantic bizarre behavior?
  • As a result of drug use, have you been absent, late, or exhibited inappropriate behavior at work?
  • Are family members and friends suggesting that you have a problem with drug use and/or are you lying about your frequency of drug use?

Self Assessment Results

  • If you answered "No" to all of the above questions, but are having drug related problems in your life, you may want to seek a professional assessment.
  • 1 "Yes" answer indicates a possible drug problem.
  • 2 or more "Yes" answers indicates that you may have a potentially serious drug problem.