How Do I Know If I Have A Substance Use Disorder?
Substance use disorder, an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, involves the compulsive use of substances despite repeated negative consequences. The use may be associated with positive or negative events and experiences. You may be in the early, middle or late stages of a substance use disorder.
The following questions may be helpful in determining if you have a substance use disorder. In your entire life:
- Has anyone ever suggested you cut back on your drug/alcohol use?
- Has drinking or using affected your reputation?
- Have you promised to control your using or drinking and broken your promise?
- Have you changed your drinking/using pattern or substances to gain more control over your usage?
- Have you been in any financial, legal, employment or relationship difficulties due to using or drinking?
- Have you sneaked or hidden your use?
- Have you felt guilt or remorse about your drinking or using?
- Have you felt ashamed about what you’ve done while under the influence?
- Have you lost interest in activities that used to be important to you?
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