This self-test is not intended to constitute a diagnosis of addiction but as a guide to assess if you are at risk. Insert the substance or behavior in the statements below.
- Substance(s) often taken in larger amounts or for a longer period than intended.
- There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control substance(s) use.
- A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain, use, or recover from substance(s) effects.
- Craving or a strong desire or urge to use substance(s).
- Recurrent substance(s) use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.
- Continued substance(s) use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of substance(s).
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance(s) use.
- Recurrent substance(s) use in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
- Substance(s) use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by substance(s).
- Tolerance (a need for markedly increased amounts of substance(s) to achieve the desired effect or a markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount).
- Withdrawal (get sick or use substance(s) to relieve or avoid getting sick).
Consider seeing a healthcare professional if you answered ‘yes’ to at least 2 of the statements above (within the span of 12-months).
References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.).