Addiction Questions and Warning Signs

  • Do your family members, friends, co-workers keep telling you or hinting that you might have a problem?
  • Do you argue with relatives and friends about drinking or using drugs?
  • Do you not like the person you’ve become?
  • Do others say you’ve changed, or wish you could be the way you used to be?
  • Have others commented about a change in behavior or personality?
  • Have you tried to stop drinking or using only to start again?
  • Do you intend to take only one drink or use only once but continue until you lose control?
  • Do you get angry, belligerent, annoyed or irritated when others bring up your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever gotten physically or emotionally ill when not drinking or using?
  • Have you ever begun to drink or use to avoid physical or emotional ailments?
  • Have you ever hidden drugs or alcohol? Do you have an “emergency” supply, just in case?
  • Do you ever “sneak off” to drink or use? Do you lie about your use?
  • Have you ever drunk or used at inappropriate times, such as work, school or family time?
  • Have you given up hobbies, outside interests or time with loved-ones or friends due to drinking or drug use?
  • Have your children ever asked, “What’s wrong with you?”
  • Do you feel guilty but have never really tried to quit?
  • Have you ever driven under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
  • Have you ever been stopped or sent to jail because of driving under the influence?
  • Have you ever blacked out while drinking or using?
  • Have you ever binged on drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you ever lost a job because of your inability to perform?
  • Have you lost your Driver’s License because of alcohol or drug use?
  • Do you spend time figuring out how to get drunk or get high?
  • Have you built up such a tolerance to alcohol or drugs that you must use more just to get drunk or high?
  • Have you changed doctors to maintain your prescription medications?
  • Have you every changed your pharmacy just to get the amount of drugs you need?
  • Have you ever been turned down for a refill?
  • Have you ever forged a prescription?
  • Have you ever sought to buy “off the street?”
  • Have you ever sold favors for drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you ever not been able to remember how you got home?
  • Have you ever said, “I promise this will never happen again?”

If you recognize two or more of these signs they may be telling you that you or someone you know is headed for trouble. For a confidential, free assessment, or to find out more information, call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.