Self Screening
If you have doubts about whether or not you need help, take a few moments to answer the questions on this page as honestly as you can.
drug addiction, self-screening
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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.

Do I need help with addiction?

We are here to help

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, has an alcohol or other drug problem, the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) can help. Call toll-free (877) 888-DAAC (3222) or (707) 544-3295 for more information.