Addiction Self Test
- Yes No Would your life be better if you didn't have this drug in your life?
Yes No Do you continue to use or act out despite the negative or possible negative consequences?
Yes No Do you feel yourself thinking about or preoccupied with or controlled by your drug of choice?
Yes No Do you feel anxious if you are unable to use your drug?
Yes No Do you feel sad or agitated before and/or after using your drug?
Yes No Do you hide or feel shame about using or thinking about your drug?
Yes No Have you thought of or made promises to yourself or others with respect to changing, limiting or ceasing to use your drug?
Yes No Have you or has anyone else been emotionally, financially or physically hurt or in danger because of your drug use and related behaviours?
Yes No Has your drug use changed the way you feel about your life, relationships, job, your body, sexuality, women and/or men?
Yes No Have you ever wanted to speak to a therapist or go to a meeting to talk about your drug use or related matters?
If you have answered yes to one of the above questions this indicates a need for further assessment. If you have answered yes to two or more it is extremely likely that you are struggling with an addiction and treatment is highly recommended.
What Is The Definition Of Addiction? Technically, addiction is defined as a maladaptive pattern of abuse and tolerance (DSM-IV). The questions I find most helpful to ask are, “Would your life be better off if you didn't have this drug in your life?” If the person avoids or cannot answer this question ask, “Would your spouse/parent/etc. state that your life would better off without your drug…?” Another helpful question is, “Do you continue to use or act out despite the negative or possible negative consequences?” These three questions essentially sum up and indicate whether a person is struggling with addiction. In addition, to the following 8 questions (adapted from Dr. Carnes, PATHOS), two or more “Yes” answers may indicate a serious problem. Remember that the word drug used in this questionnaire can be anything from alcohol, prescription drugs, pornography and sex to gambling, food, work and even trying to fix another person (co-dependency).
Admitting that you are struggling with an addiction is a difficult thing to face. (If you have not taken the Addiction Test might find this helpful). In fact because the consequences of admitting it can be so frightening many people rationalize their behaviour away until they hit rock bottom - that is circumstances that get so bad they are forced to deal with their addiction. I am suggesting that you don't need to hit rock bottom. Give me (or someone else) a call, since the consequences of hitting rock bottom are usually so terrible -error on the side of caution. The worst that could happen is you'll waste some time and discover that you didn't need help. And if it turns out you have a problem, well then lets deal with it so you don't have to hit bottom.
It is a myth that everyone has to hit bottom before seeking help. Some can see that rock bottom before they hit it and stop before they get there. (At this point "your addiction" might be saying to you that you can solve the problem yourself. Well, tying to solve the problem yourself (one more time) just doesn't work - otherwise it would have worked the last time. Write me, I have a list of failed reasons, solutions and excuses that I have collected from those struggling with addiction over the years if you need more rationalizations. "I am not as bad as others." or "I can really stop if I wanted to.").
My name is David Kaufman and I am passionate and excited about my work as an Narrative & Solution Focused Therapist, addictions counsellor and CSAT (Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist) Candidate. I love helping people on their journey of recovery! Even if it is only to direct you to the right resources in your community. Whether you are struggling with addiction, depression or relationship issues.
You have come this far, take the next step and get help.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Narrative and Solution Focused Therapist
Cert. Addiction and Addiction Studies
CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist) Candidate