Do I Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

If you're wondering if you have an actual or potential problem with using alcohol, drugs or something else in order to deal with your feelings of emptiness or hurt, take the self assessment by honestly answer the following questions.

These measure the impact of using on your life:

  • Do you use alcohol or drugs frequently to manage stress or emotional pain?
  • Have there been times when you’ve missed appointments, been unavailable for work or let people down after using?
  • What have you noticed about how your mood changes when you use?
  • Is your use having an adverse effect on the people close to you?
  • Is using affecting your health?
  • What is the emotional and financial cost to you and your family?
  • Have others expressed concern about your using?
  • Have you behaved in ways you’ve later regretted after using?
  • Have you ever had blackouts or memory losses after using?
  • What do alcohol or drugs provide you with?
  • What do they steal from you?
  • Do you have a family history of alcohol or drug use?
  • Have you tried you give up or reduce before and failed?
  • Based on your history with drugs or alcohol, is cutting back a viable option for you or do you need to stop altogether?
  • What help do you need in order to achieve that goal?


© Copyright Kay Douglas. Kay Douglas is a registered psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach. She is also the author of four self-help books: Invisible Wounds, Challenged by Childhood, Living Life Out Loud and Power Games (co-authored with Dr Kim McGregor). She is in private practice in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information please visit

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