Recognizing the Signs of a Substance Abuse Problem

signs of addictionA Quick Self-Assessment
If you’ve ever wondered or thought you may have an alcohol or drug problem, the quick self-assessment questions below can help you determine if you should talk with a professional substance abuse counselor.

  • 1. Have you ever felt you should CUT DOWN on your drinking or drug use?
  • 2. Have people ANNOYED you by criticizing or complaining about your drinking or drug use?
  • 3. Have you ever felt bad or GUILTY about your drinking or drug use?
  • 4. Have you ever had a drink or drug in the morning (EYE OPENER) to steady your nerves or to
    get rid of a hangover?

1 “Yes” answer indicates a possible problem.

2-4 “Yes” answers indicate a likely problem.

Those who answered “No” to all of the above questions but have drinking or drug-related problems with others in their lives also are encouraged to get a professional assessment.

Matrix Institute on Addictions offers free, confidential assessments at each of its four offices located throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. If you or someone you care about suspects that a potential alcohol or drug problem exists, call 310-734-0438 today to schedule an evaluation. This one-and-a-half hour appointment will provide the information and education needed to take the next right step.