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Life events, both positive and negative, affect an individual’s emotional, physical and behavioral health. The following thought-provoking questions are not designed to make a formal diagnosis of an addiction or take the place of a professional evaluation or consultation. However, some of them might help you identify potentially harmful thoughts or behaviors and determine whether you or a loved one has a substance abuse problem or addiction that needs professional attention and treatment.
Has someone close to you commented on your use?
Do you find yourself preoccupied with the thoughts of drinking or using drugs?
Is your home life unhappy because of your alcohol or drug use?
Are you in jeopardy of losing your job or family because of use?
Do you need to drink or use to have fun or to enhance your social life?
Do you hide your use or lie about the amount you drink or use?
Do you drink or use while you are alone?
Do you suffer from loss of memory as a result of drinking/drug use?
Do you drink or use to cope with feelings of pain, anger, anxiety or depression?
Do you take more medication or feel the need for more than is prescribed?
Do you go to multiple physicians to get the same medications?