Only you can answer this question. This may not be an easy task. When we used, we told ourselves "I don't have a problem". Even if that was true in the beginning, now it is not. Drugs did what they wanted to us. We lived to drink and we drank to live. Quite simply, a drug addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs. Maybe you admit you have a drug problem, but you don't consider yourself a drug addict. We all have preconceived notions about who is a drug addict. There's no shame in being a drug addict as long as you do something about it. If you identify with our problems, maybe you can identify with our solution.
If you have doubts about whether or not you are a drug addict, take a moment to read the following questions and answer as honestly as you can.
1. Do you ever use when you are alone? 2. Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that drug was the problem?3. Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to get a prescription for drugs?4. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to get drugs?5. Do you use to use as soon as you wake up or before you go to sleep? 6. Have you ever taken a drug to overcome someone else's symptoms?7. Do you avoid people and places that do not approve of your use?8. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what effect it would have?9. As a result of your use, have you ever had a problem with your performance at work or school?10. Have you ever been arrested as a result of your use?11. Have you ever lied about what or how much you drink?12. Do you put buying drugs above all your financial priorities?13. Have you ever tried to stop or control your use?14. Have you ever been in jail, hospital or rehab because of your use?15. Does the use affect your sleep or your diet?16. Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?17. Do you feel that it is impossible to live without drugs?18. Do you ever wonder if you are losing your mind?19. Is your home life unhappy because of your use?20. Have you ever thought that you don't fit in or that you can't have fun without drugs?21. Have you ever gotten defensive about your use or felt guilt or shame about it?22. Do you often think about drugs?23. Have you ever had irrational or vague fears?24. Has use affected your sexual relationships?25. Have you ever taken drugs that were not your choice?26. Have you ever taken drugs because you were emotionally distressed or stressed? 27. Have you ever overdosed?28. Do you continue to use despite all the negative consequences?29. Do you think you might have a drug problem?
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