Below we have devised a simple form which can be filled out fairly quickly. You can use it as a guide if you feel you or somebody close to you may have a problem.
Diagnosis of addiction requires a thorough examination by a professional. However, below is a short self-assessment form as a first step to finding out whether you or someone close to you may suffer with an addiction problem. When answering the questions, apply them to your chosen substance or behaviour. For example, if you go to the pub to make yourself feel better, apply each question to your drinking habits. If you have more than one problem, apply the questions to the one that affects you most frequently, such as alcohol use.
- Do you continuously use the substance or act out the addictive behaviour, despite knowing there are harmful consequences?
- Do you sneak or hide consumption or behaviour for example, covering up how much money you have spent/gambled, or sneaking away to drink more?
- Do you lie to friends, colleagues, family or doctors to disguise the behaviour?
- Have you had accidents, or been in dangerous situations due to consumption or addictive behaviour?
- Have you lost a job due to the addictive behaviour/consumption?
- Have any relationships with friends or loved ones been broken as a result of the behaviour/consumption?
- Do you minimise your use of the substance or addictive behaviour (i.e. pretend you use/do less than you actually do)?
- Have you tried to stop and failed?
- Do you have continuous feelings of shame, guilt or remorse?
- Are you always thinking about the next high, the next drug or bet?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to more than two of these questions, it’s likely you have an addiction problem, and it’s recommended that you see a professional to get an
*PLEASE NOTE: This questionnaire is only a basic guide, and cannot replace a professional evaluation.
In order to help yourself or someone you know we need the right information and you don’t need to be a doctor to use this form. However if the outcome is that you or the person in question needs help then ask a member of our team. There are many treatments available and in no way does it mean that someone’s life or career is over if they have a problem. In fact we have witnessed that when an individual seeks help their life improves and of course their relationships get better.
As mentioned above any form of addiction is a life threatening condition. The good news however is that if it’s caught early it can be arrested. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals who have overcome it and with the right support they have gone on to have very successful lives and careers. So if you are in doubt, contact us now and we will be happy to help.