Alcoholism Self Survey
Have you ever tried to stop drinking or taking other drugs for a week (or longer) only to fall short of your goal?
Most people make promises, many times - to themselves, their families, and others - to stop drinking or taking other drugs before they actually seek help.
Do you resent the advice of others who try to get you to stop drinking or taking other drugs?
Many people who use drugs resent any advice from others, even when it is helpful.
Have you ever lied about the quantity or frequency of your alcohol or other drug use?
Have you ever tried to control your alcohol or other drug use by switching from one drug to another?
Many times people look for a “safe formula” (i.e., one that will keep things under control). Using a “safe formula” may be an indication of increased dependence on a substance.
Have you taken a morning drink or other drugs during the past 6-12 months before attending class and/or work?
The need for alcohol of other drugs to start the day is a danger signal. Abuse of the drug is escalating.
Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble? Many millions of people can drink socially without hurting themselves or others. Have you ever wondered why alcohol is often an invitation to disaster for you?
Has your drinking or other drug us become progressively more serious during the last 6–12 months?
Drug abuse is progressive. Once its use gets out of control, the problem gets worse, never fades away.
Has your drinking or other drug use created problems at home or in your relationships?
Many people claim that they use drugs because of unpleasant or annoying home situations. It rarely occurs to them that problems of this type are aggravated, rather than resolved, by drug abuse.
At social affairs where drinking is limited do you try to get “extra” drinks?
The need to "forify" ourselves and/or to get extra drinks means that we are already in trouble and need extra help.
Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can stop drinking “on your own” whenever you wish?
During the last 6 – 12 months, have you missed time from class and/or work as a result of drinking or other drug use?
Kidding oneself is common to drug abusers, but without help most people cannot stop.
People tend to “rationalize” and use many ailments as an excuse for absences, rather than deal with the real reason.
Have you ever felt you could do more with your life if you did not drink or take other drugs?
If so, now is a good time to get help and live a life without harmful drugs.
If you answer YES to four or more of these questions, the chances are that you have a potentially serious problem with alcohol and/or other drugs, and are in need of help in order to live a drug-free life.
For more information, contact the following:
1-800-ALCOHOL (1-800-252-6465) Alcohol and Drug Information 24 hour help line.
NEW JERSEY DRUG HOT LINE – Toll free 1-800-225-0196
ACCESS 732-450-2689 (Ann McNamara)
Crisis – 732-530-2438 (for emergency)
Riverview Behavioral – 732-741-2700