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.
A "yes" answer to any of the questions in this assessment should make you think about the role that drugs may play in your life. Could you be in denial about a problem with drugs? If you have concerns about drug addiction, talk with your health care provider. This is true no matter what your results are on this assessment.
From the answers you gave us, it does not appear that you have a problem with drugs.
Both drug abuse and drug addiction can lead to many health problems. These problems vary, depending on the type of drug abused. In general, these are the effects:
Drug abuse and drug dependence also have a large impact on society:
Drug addiction is a chronic disease. Like type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses, it has no cure. Drug addiction can be successfully treated, however. Treatment that focuses on changing behavior helps many people. People who are addicted to heroin and certain other drugs can be helped with medicine.
Most treatment programs are led by people who have been specially trained and licensed as counselors.
Programs can be inpatient or outpatient. A variety of programs is available because no single program works for everyone. If you enter a treatment program, you will need to stick with the program for the length of time recommended for it to be effective. Even then, you may need several periods of treatment to remain drug-free.
You can find a treatment center near you by calling SAMHSA toll-free at 800-662-HELP (4357), or by visiting the SAMHSA website.
About CAGE: The above assessment is a modified CAGE questionnaire for identifying problems with drug use. The CAGE questionnaire was developed by Dr. John Ewing, founding director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CAGE is an internationally used assessment instrument for identifying problems with alcohol.
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.
January 04, 2015
Holloway, Beth, RN, MEd, Stock, Christopher J, PharmD, BCPP