How do I know if I have a drug or drinking problem?

George Joseph
Addiction Medicine

If you regularly drink or take drugs to cope with depression and stress, or feel a growing temptation to do so, be proactive about the situation now -- before things get out of control. Start by taking a self-assessment test to determine if you might have a drug use problem. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have you ever driven while intoxicated or high?
  2. Have you or anyone else ever been injured as a result of your drinking or drug use?
  3. Are you having problems with work, school or family as a result of drinking or drug use?
  4. Have you broken promises because of drinking or drug use?
  5. Do you get angry if anyone mentions concerns about your drinking or drug use?
  6. Are plans frequently upset or cancelled because of your alcohol or drug use?
  7. Has your drinking or drug use caused family, job or legal problems?
  8. Do you drink or take drugs more heavily than you did a few years ago?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need professional intervention. Make an appointment with a physician who handles addictions or find a facility that meets your needs and budget. There are many options available, from 12-step programs to counseling and inpatient detox.

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