Are Drugs A Problem For You?

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Are Drugs A Problem For You?

Only you can answer this question.

Excerpt from Narcotics Anonymous website:

“This may not be an easy thing to do. All through our drug usage, we told ourselves, ‘I can handle it.’ Even if this was true in the beginning, it is not so now. The drugs handled us. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs.

Perhaps you can admit that you have a problem with drugs, but you don’t consider yourself an addict. All of us have preconceived ideas about what an addict is. There is nothing shameful about being an addict, once you begin to take positive action. If you can identify with our problems, you may be able to identify with our solution. The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about whether or not you’re an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can.”

If you think you might have a problem or that someone you know has a problem with drugs; this self test may be helpful to you in determining if you are an addict, regardless of the drug of choice.

Self Test (adapted from NA Organization)
Answer yes or no to the questions as honestly and truthfully as you can.

  • Do you use alone?
  • Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?
  • Have you ever stolen or diverted drugs or stolen things to obtain drugs?
  • Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?
  • Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
  • Do you avoid people and places that do not approve of your using?
  • Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  • Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
  • Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
  • Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
  • Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
  • Have you tried to stop or control your using?
  • Have you ever been in jail, hospital or drug rehab center because of your using?
  • Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
  • Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?
  • Do you ever question your own sanity?
  • Is your drug use making life at home unhappy?
  • Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without using drugs?
  • Have you ever felt defensive, guilty or ashamed about your using?
  • Do you think a lot about drugs?
  • Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer?
  • Have you ever used drugs because of pain or stress?
  • Have you ever overdosed on any drug?
  • Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
  • Do you think you might have a drug problem?

Score:
If you answered yes to any of the questions above this is a warning sign that you might be an addict.

If you answered yes to any two of the above questions, the chances are that you are an addict and should seek help.

If you answered yes to three or more of the questions above, you are an addict and need to seek help immediately.

For more information on recovery go to Narcotics Anonymous.org

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