Simply put, an alcoholic or a drug addict is a person whose life is controlled by the use of alcohol or drugs. Some think of an addict only as the junkie in the alley who sticks a dirty needle in his arm. This misconception keeps many addicts from getting the help they need. In truth, drug addicts come from all walks of life and every part of society. There is no such thing as a typical addict. Many people begin their habit with prescription drugs obtained from well-meaning family doctors or social drinks with friends. Few intend to become addicts. Whether the habit comes from using alcohol, legal medications, or illegal substances such as crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana, the consequences of addiction can be just as devastating and just as deadly.
If you think you may have a problem with alcohol or drug use but you are not sure, try answering the following questions as honestly as you can. These questions were proposed by recovering addicts as a tool of discovery.
Please note that this self-assessment tool is not designed to provide an accurate diagnosis on alcohol or drug addiction, and, therefore, you should follow up with a professional assessment. This addiction assessment tool is constructed to help determine whether you or your loved one possibly has a substance abuse problem or addiction. Contact us today to speak with one of our addiction experts, who are happy to provide you with a free addiction assessment.