What Kind of Drinker Are You? 

Know your pattern and see if you need to adjust.

Do You Have a Substance Abuse Problem?

Substance abuse means using drugs for non-medical reasons. The drugs can be either legal or illegal. They don't have to be illegal to be abused. If you abuse drugs, you can become dependent on them physically and mentally. Drug abuse and addiction can lead to many problems in life. They can also harm your health.

Many people who abuse drugs don't know 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. CAGE was originally developed to identify alcohol abuse.


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