Am I an addict?

Male addict drinking in bed

Sometimes what you are most of afraid of admitting is the very thing that will set you free.

The cliché is true, the hardest part of addiction recovery is admitting you have a problem. Denial is a major part of addiction, and many people have to reach rock bottom before they will accept that they are an addict and need help.

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you already know you have an issue with substance abuse, but you may be uncertain if you’re an addict.

Quite simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs or alcohol.

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health.  It takes your pride, your self‑esteem, your family, your friends, your career, and it can take your life.

If you’re ready to face the possibility of addiction head on, take a moment to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can. These questions can help open your eyes to the impact your drug or alcohol use has had on your life and to determine whether you may be an addict.

  1. Do you feel you need to drink alcohol or use drugs to get through the day?
  2. Do you constantly think about the next time you can drink alcohol or use drugs?
  3. Have you ever been scared that you will run out of drugs or alcohol?
  4. Do you drink alcohol or use drugs in the morning, or before bed to help you sleep?
  5. Do you often drink alcohol or use drugs alone?
  6. Has anyone ever suggested that you to quit or cutback on your drinking or drug use?
  7. Do you feel defensive, guilty or ashamed of your drinking or drug use?
  8. Have you lied about how much alcohol you drink or drugs you take?
  9. Have you made promises to stop or control your drinking or drug use and broken them?
  10. Have you missed time from work or school due to drug or alcohol use?
  11. Have you damaged personal or professional relationships due to your drinking or drug use?
  12. Have you experienced financial difficulties due to your drinking or drug use?
  13. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
  14. Have you experienced a blackout due to drug or alcohol use?
  15. Have you been hospitalized due to drug or alcohol use?
  16. Have you lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
  17. Have you stolen to pay for drugs or alcohol?
  18. Have you been arrested as a result of drug or alcohol use?
  19. Have you made multiple attempts to stop drinking or using drugs but failed?
  20. Do you think that you have a drug or alcohol problem?

If you answered yes to more than a few of the above questions, it’s time to come to terms with your addiction and seek professional treatment.  The certified addiction counsellors at The Farm in Stouffville can help you find freedom from addiction. Call now for a free consultation 1-877-353-2777. 

The results of this self-assessment are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of drug addiction and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your drug or alcohol use.

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