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Substance Abuse Assessment

Substance abuse is defined as the use of drugs, legal or illegal, for non-therapeutic purposes. Many people who abuse drugs become addicted. Drug abuse and drug addiction affect both men and women. People who abuse drugs come from all ethnic groups and all walks of life. Drugs don't have to be illegal to be abused. If you abuse drugs, you can become dependent on them physically, and psychologically. Drug abuse and addiction can lead to many problems in life, as well as damage your health.

Many people who abuse drugs aren't aware they have a problem, or don't want to admit it. They ignore the warning signs of drug abuse and don't listen to family and friends who are concerned.

This assessment is for people who regularly use drugs and wonder if they have a problem with abuse or addiction. The assessment is not for occasional users of drugs.

This assessment is based on the CAGE assessment originally developed to identify alcohol abuse.

Questions

This short questionnaire can help you take a closer look at your use.

1. Have you ever felt you need to cut down on your drug use?
2. Do you ever feel annoyed when people criticize your drug use?
3. Have you ever felt embarrassed or guilty about your drug use?
4. Have you ever used drugs first thing in the morning?

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional health care. Always consult with a health care provider for advice concerning your health. Only your health care provider can determine if you have a problem with substance abuse.

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Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Nelson, Gail, MS, APRN, BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Stock, Christopher J, PharmD
Last Annual Review Date: 6/16/2012
Date Last Modified: 6/18/2012