Do I Need Help? - This is a question only you can answer.
If you have doubts about whether or not you need help, take a few moments to answer the questions below as honestly as you can.
- Do you ever drink or use alone?
- Have you ever substituted one drug or kind of alcohol for another, thinking that one particular drug or kind of alcohol was the problem?
- Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
- Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of your use of alcohol or other drugs?
- Has your school or job performance ever suffered from the effects of your alcohol or other drug use?
- Have you ever been arrested as a result of your alcohol or other drug use?
- Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you are worried you will not get enough?
- Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking or getting high any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk or high when you don't mean to?
- Do you put the purchase of alcohol or other drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
- Have you ever been in a jail or hospital because of your drinking or using?
- Do you have "blackouts"?
- Is your alcohol or other drug use making your life at home unhappy?
- Have you ever thought you couldn't fit in or have a good time without alcohol or drugs?
- Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your drinking or using?
- Have you ever used alcohol or other drugs because of emotional pain or stress?
- Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink or use?
- Do you continue to drink or use despite negative consequences?
- Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol or other drugs?
These questions were written by recovering addicts and alcoholics in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). When honestly approached, they may help to show you how drinking or using drugs has made your life unmanageable.
If you answered "yes" to four or more of the above questions, you may need help. However, the actual number of "yes" responses is not as important as how you feel inside and how your drinking or drug use has negatively impacted your life.
If you or someone you love needs help, please call the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) at (707) 544-3295 or toll-free (888) 877-DAAC (3222).
HOPE HEALTH HEALING
It is BIOGENETIC
It is a PRIMARY Illness
- You don't choose to acquire it.
- A family history of drug/alcohol problems puts you at greater risk.
It is a CHRONIC Illness
- If you have chemical dependency, it's not a symptom of some other problem.
- If you have chemical dependency and other problems, your chemical dependency will interfere with treatment for other problems unless the chemical dependency is also treated.
It is a PROGRESSIVE Illness
- It won't go away because you ignore it, don't like it or don't want to believe you have it.
- It's not "just a phase".
If left Untreated, Addiction can be FATAL
- Without treatment it will eventually get worse.
- It usually gets worse more quickly for women and young people.
- Drinking and driving
- Overdose/alcohol poisoning
- Organ Failure