Do I have a Substance Abuse Problem?   

This short questionnaire is designed to help identify symptoms and warning signs of a current or potential problem with alcohol or other drugs.* Please read each statement, recording the indicated numeric score for your true or false response.

*Please note: “Drug” refers to any mood-altering substance, including prescription medication.

1. My use of alcohol or other drugs has increased over the past year.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

2. I have attempted to cut down on how much or how often I drink or use other drugs but have not been very consistent.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

3. I have lied or minimized to family or friends about how much, or how often I drink or use other drugs.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

4. I drink or use other drugs even when I have planned not to.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

5. In the last year I have said to myself, or others, “I can quit any time,” or, “I don’t have a problem.”

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

6. On more than one occasion I could not remember some things that happened while I was drinking or using other drugs.

(If answer is true, give yourself 2 points.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

7. On more than one occasion, I have said or done things while using alcohol or other drugs that I deeply regret.

(If answer is true, give yourself 2 points.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

8. My use of alcohol or other drugs has caused tension or problems in at least one of my most important relationships.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

9. In the last year, I have missed work or school because of alcohol or other drugs.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

10. I have had accidents or been injured as a result of drinking or drug use.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

11. I have legal problems related to drinking or drug use.

(If answer is true, give yourself 1 point.)
(If answer is false, give yourself 0 points.)

Results
Total your score. If your score is:

0 points: Based on your responses to the questionnaire you do not appear to have a current problem with substance abuse. However, if you completed this questionnaire because you are concerned about your use of alcohol or other drugs, you may want to learn more.

1 to 3 points: Your score indicates that you currently are experiencing some of the symptoms associated with substance abuse. Substance abuse is a progressive problem with potentially devastating consequences.

4 or more points: Your score indicates that you currently are experiencing many of the symptoms associated with substance abuse. Substance abuse is progressive and characterized by repeated harmful consequences.