Do I Have A Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder? Do I have one? If you’ve asked yourself this, we have created this short questionnaire to help you evaluate and reflect on your own relationship with alcohol and/or drugs. It is by no means equivalent to a medical diagnosis.

Ask Yourself The Following Questions To Learn If You Have A Substance Use Disorder.

As you read through the following questions, be brutally honest with yourself. If you do have a substance use disorder (addiction to alcohol or drugs is called a substance use disorder), you’re not living your best life, but you CAN be living a great life through recovery!

  1. Do I regularly drink or use other substances more than I plan to?
  2. Have I been unsuccessful at quitting drinking or other substance use before?
  3. Has my drinking or other substance use interfered with my personal relationships?
  4. Do I spend a lot of time seeking opportunities to drink or use drugs, drinking, or dealing with hangovers or other after-effects of substance use?
  5. Has drinking, substance use, or the after-effects of using kept me from my responsibilities?
  6. Do I prefer drinking or using other substances over other activities that I used to enjoy?
  7. Is my drinking or substance use causing health problems, but I keep using it anyway?
  8. Do I drink or use other substances in risky situations?
  9. Have the effects of my drinking or substance use diminished over time, or is more required to have the same effect as before?
  10. Do I have cravings or urges to drink alcohol or use other substances?
  11. Do I spend more money than I can afford on drinking or substance use?
  12. Do I worry about where my next drink/drug is coming from?
  13. Do I plan social, family, and work events around alcohol or drugs?
  14. Do I find I have a compulsive need to drink or use drugs?
  15. Do I find it difficult to stop drinking or using once I start?
  16. Do I wake up and drink or use – or feel the need to in the morning?
  17. How often do I use/drink?
  18. How much do I drink/use when you drink/use?
  19. Have I ever felt that I should cut back or stop drinking or using?
  20. Have I ever become annoyed by others criticizing my use?
  21. Have I ever blacked-out while drinking or using?
  22. While drinking or using, have I ever behaved in a way that I normally wouldn’t?
  23. Do I have regrets or feel guilt or shame about my behaviour while under the influence of drinking or using?

Do I Suffer From Withdrawal Symptoms?

Do I suffer from withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, and nausea? If I drink or use, do these symptoms stop or go away? (If you answered yes to this question, you may require medical detox). Alcoholism withdrawal symptoms indicate advanced addictive disease, and should not be dismissed as they could potentially be fatal.

Symptoms of withdrawal can include:

  • Tremors, convulsions, or uncontrolled shaking of the hands (or even the entire body)
  • Profuse sweating, even in cold conditions.
  • Extreme agitation or anxiety.
  • Persistent insomnia.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Seizures.
  • Hallucinations.

I’ve Answered The Questions And Decided That I Need Help With My Substance Use Disorder – Now What?

If you feel that you need help with a substance use disorder, we can help. We understand that it is difficult to ask for help, but one of the things we quickly learn in recovery is that we need to humble, free of ego and false pride. When we make the decision to get into recovery, we discover a life we never imagined for ourselves.

At some point in our sobriety, we began to believe in the promises of sobriety laid out in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (And they’re pretty terrific)!

Promise 1: We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness
Promise 2: We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
Promise 3: We will comprehend the word serenity.
Promise 4: We will know peace.
Promise 5: No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
Promise 6: The feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
Promise 7: We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Promise 8: Self-seeking will slip away.
Promise 9: Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Promise 10: Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us.
Promise 11: We will intuitively know how to handle situations that used to baffle us.
Promise 12: We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Get Help Now With A Substance Use Disorder

To overcome the stigma surrounding addiction, we need to accept that it can happen to anyone. Addiction is a disease that consumes a person’s life, affecting their loved ones too. It is one of the most intense struggles to overcome.

People with addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders need custom treatment plans to help them heal and connect with others to experience the gift of recovery for life.

Once a person recognizes the negative impact of a substance on their life, a wide variety of treatment options are available.

Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC) is a world-class addiction and mental health rehabilitation centre that provides safe, comfortable, holistic, evidence-based treatments, 24-hour medical detox, and continuing care for our members. We promise that we deliver specific, specialized, and personalized treatment programs for all of our members. Through our purpose, philosophy, programs, and continuing care, we ensure that our members and alumni can overcome their addiction. Even after treatment, we check in with our alumni through continuing care meetings and provide a recovery warranty in case someone relapses. Overcoming addiction is a long, intense process, but it is possible.