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Am I an addict?

This may not be an easy question to answer. All through our usage, we told ourselves, “I can handle it.” Even if this was true in the beginning, it may not be the case now. The substances have handled us.

Very simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by a substance. Perhaps you may admit they have a problem with a substance, but they don’t consider themselves an addict. All of us have preconceived ideas about what an addict is. There is nothing shameful about being an addict once you begin to take positive action.

The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about

whether or not you’re an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them

as honestly as you can.

Do you ever use alone?
Have you ever substituted one substance for another, thinking that one particular substance was the problem?
Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain a particular substance?
Have you ever stolen a substance or stolen to obtain a substance?
Do you regularly use a substance when you wake up or when you go to bed?
Have you ever taken one substance to overcome the effects of another?
Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using a substance?
Have you ever used a substance without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your substance use?
Have you ever been arrested as a result of using a substance?
Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
Do you put the purchase of a substance ahead of your financial responsibilities?
Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?
Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or a substance rehabilitation center because of your using?
Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
Does the thought of running out of a substance terrify you?
Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without a substance?
Do you ever question your own sanity?
Is your substance use making life at home unhappy?
Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without a substance?
Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?
Do you think a lot about a substance?
Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?
Has using affected your sexual relationships?
Have you ever taken a substance you didn’t prefer?
Have you ever used a substance because of emotional pain or stress?
Have you ever overdosed on any substance?
Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
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"If you have answered "Yes" to any of the questions asked, please carefully consider speaking to your doctor, or health care professional about your substance use - or call our dedicated professionals for additional information."


Are you an addict?

This is a question only you can answer. We found that we all answered different numbers of these questions with a “Yes.” The actual number of “Yes” responses wasn’t as important as how we felt inside and how addiction has affected our lives. Some of these questions don’t even mention a substance. This is because addiction is an insidious disease that affects all areas of our lives—even those areas which seem at first to have little to do with a substance. The different substances we used were not as important as why we used them and what they did to us.

  • “Oh, those questions don’t make sense.”
  • Or “I’m different. I know I take drugs, but I’m not an addict. I have real emotional/family/job problems.”
  • Or “I’m just having a tough time getting it together right now.”
  • Or, “I’ll be able to stop when I find the right person/get the right job, etc.”

If you are an addict, you must first admit that you have a problem with drugs before any progress can be made toward recovery. These questions, when honestly approached, may help to show you how using drugs has made your life unmanageable. Addiction is a disease which, without recovery, ends in jails, institutions, and possibly death. Addiction takes our pride, self-esteem, family, loved ones, and even our desire to live. If you have not reached this point in your addiction, you don’t have to. We have found that our own private hell was within us. If you want help, you can find it with Legacy Village.


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