27th June, 2017

Addiction Assessments

Often times, drug or alcohol addiction seemingly creeps up on us. It is only by assessment that one realizes he or she is actually suffering from an addiction. Screening for alcoholism or substance dependence is a critical element of prevention and also plays a key role in the early intervention into a potentially dangerous or deadly addictive behavior. Addiction assessments can be found online as well as in everyday treatment settings. These assessments, which often include questionnaires, quizzes, and individual patient-doctor encounters, are often the first steps that are taken toward detecting and ultimately overcoming a problem.

The following addiction assessment tools can be used in the privacy of your own home to help you determine whether you may be suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction or a similar addictive behavior:

NCADD: Am I an Alcoholic?

https://ncadd.org/learn-about-alcohol/alcohol-abuse-self-test

A 26 question alcoholism assessment intended to help you determine just how much control alcohol has over you or someone you love.

NCADD: Am I Drug Addicted?

https://ncadd.org/index.php/learn-about-drugs/drug-abuse-self-test

A 20 question self-test that helps you to determine whether you or a loved one may be addicted to drugs such as illicit narcotics, prescription painkillers, or over-the-counter medications.

Alcohol Screening by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

http://www.alcoholscreening.org/Home.aspx

An interactive alcohol assessment that provides personalized results based on drinking patterns, age, and gender.

Screening Tests at NIAAA

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh28-2/78-79.htm

A quick overview of some of the most used alcohol abuse assessments including AUDIT, CAGE, and T-ACE.

Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10)

http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/files/DAST-10.pdf

A quick assessment that can be self-administered to determine drug use over the past 12 months. This addiction assessment takes less than 8 minutes to complete.

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