It doesn't really matter what your drug of choice is. You could use nasal spray, diet pills, smoke banana peels, marijuana, shoot heroin, abuse prescription pain-killers or take too much aspirin because you like the feelings. Whether it's prescription drugs, illegal drugs or over-the-counter drugs...if you're addicted, your life is on a down-hill slide, and you're bringing those you love with you. If you're serious about discovering and solving your problem, this quiz is for you:
1. Do you use any illegal drugs, including marijuana and non-prescribed doses of prescription drugs?
2. Do you regularly exceed the dosage recommendations of over-the-counter medicines, like pain-killers, cold medicines, laxatives, diet aids or sleep aids?
3. Have you ever gone to a different doctor to get more of a medicine than your doctor has prescribed?
4. Do you purchase drugs or medicine from or through unlicensed strangers?
5. Are some of your closest friends recreational drug abusers?
6. Have you failed to keep a promise to yourself or a loved one that you would quit?
7. Imagine you are out of your favorite drug and also out of toilet paper...you only have enough money for one. Would you buy the drug?
8. Do you hide your drug use from friends, family, your employer or the Government?
9. Do you combine drugs with drinking for more of a "buzz'?
10. In the last year, have you done anything while using drugs that you regret doing?
11. Do you hide your drugs while carrying them in the car or on your person?
12. Have you missed work in the last year because of a drug hangover or withdrawal?
A. If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may have an addiction. Visit Drug Abuse And Treatment or Prescription Drug Abuse to learn more, find a trusted friend (clean and sober) or family member to help you monitor yourself for the next 3 months.
B. If you answered "yes" to 3 or more of the above, you are very likely to have an addiction. Take the actions in "A" above and ask your trusted friend or family member to go with you to a counselor or 12-step group meeting and keep you accountable to following the advice you learned there.
C. If you answered "yes" to 7 or more of the above, your addiction may require residential treatment. Take the actions in "A" and "B" above and ask the counselor or 12-step group for a list of recommended treatment facilities and for help getting situated. This isn't really an option for you. These things will ruin your life and destroy your family.
D. If you are taking this test to see if a loved one has a drug problem, understand they may be keeping things from you. So, answering "Yes" to 2 or more qualifies for B. and 4 or more qualifies for C. You can be the trusted friend for your addicted loved one. Sometimes, a loved one can become "addicted" to caring for an addict. Visit our Codependency Test-Definition page to see if this is happening to you, and what to do about it. This is important because some codependents actually inadvertently sabotage their loved one's recovery.
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