Do I need Addiction Help?
Free Assessment: Get support and answers from professionals
Try A Free Substance Use Disorder Screening
Experts at the American Psychiatric Association have developed a short self-assessment tool.
Answer the below 11 questions with a yes or no.
Count the number of times you say yes.
Sometimes I have used more substances for longer periods of time than I meant to?
I have tried to (or wanted to try) to cut down or control the amount of my drug or alcohol use?
I have spent a great amount of time getting alcohol or drugs, using them and recovering from their effects?
I have experienced many cravings and urges to use alcohol or other drugs?
My home, work or school life has been negatively affected by my use?
Even though my use has caused problems in relationships, I continue to use?
Because of my alcohol or drug use, I have given up or reduced my involvement in important social, occupational or recreational activities?
Despite realizing my addiction was putting me in danger, I continued to use?
Despite realizing that my alcohol or other drug use was causing physical and psychological problems (Or making such problems worse), I continued to use?
I consistently need more of the substance to get the same effect?
I have experienced withdrawal symptoms after stopping my use?
If you have taken this quiz you are in the pre-contemplative phase and you have likely started the Road to Recovery. If you answered yes to five or more of these questions you likely have a moderate substance use disorder. The more positive answers you have on this screening tool the more severe your addiction likely is. Do not be in denial. You know it is time to start a path to a recovered lifestyle and to see the rewards of freedom from the consequences of addiction. Remove these negative consequences from your life and allow your life to have positive results from treating, managing and monitoring your addiction.
Do I need Detoxification Services?
Sometimes people need to have medical assistance in stopping the use of mood altering substances. Pain, trauma, and even death can occur if a person who is dependent on drugs or alcohol suddenly quits taking the chemical or substance. Some things to think about.
What kind of symptoms of withdrawal have I experienced? Did substance abuse cause a physical reaction? Did they cause a serious emotional or mental reaction?
Have I used alcohol or other drugs to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal?
Is there a risk to my physical or mental health in trying to stop using alcohol or other drugs abruptly?
Removing a chemical from the human body may have an effect on the physical or mental health of the person. Sometimes the supervision of a medical professional is necessary to start a journey. Typically, it takes 3-10 days to detoxify the human body so that a person can physically, mentally and emotionally enter into a recovery program. A recovery program is designed to bring awareness of the addiction first and then the skills necessary to manage and monitor the addiction. This process happens over time and requires a commitment of time, attention and financial resources to learn to control the addiction. There is no quick fix to addiction.
Get an Individualized Treatment Plan with the right Level Of Care!
Depending on your individual experiences and needs, a treatment plan may involve Detoxification Services, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Programming, Individual Counseling Sessions or Group Outpatient Classes. Some treatment plans require multiple levels of care. Most successful recovery involves the use of a support group long after completing the recovery program to help hold you accountable and to help monitor your disease. It is important that you have an aftercare plan and a support system in place following treatment to maintain your freedom from addiction.