Do You Have an Addiction?

Over time, certain behaviors can seem normal-even though they may have a negative impact on your life. That can make it hard to know if you have an addiction. Woman holding glass of wine

Read through the questions below. The answers can help you see where you might have problems caused by substance abuse. Then you can decide whether you're ready to do something about it.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you ever have trouble remembering things or concentrating on what you're doing because you're thinking about using?

  • Have you ever broken promises because of your substance use?

  • Have you ever done things when you were using that you wouldn't normally do?

  • Have you ever lost a job or had money troubles because of your use?

  • Do you ever make excuses for your use or lie to hide it?

  • Does someone make excuses for you when you're hungover?

  • Do others ever seem embarrassed about your use?

  • Have your children ever asked you to stop using or been afraid of you when you are using?

  • Has your spouse or partner ever left you because of your use?

  • Have you ever had sexual problems that might be caused by your use?

  • Have you ever had severe shaking, heard voices, or thought you were seeing things after you've been using?

  • Have you noticed that you've gotten sick more as you use more?

  • Have you tried to quit but found you just couldn't?

If you answer "YES" to one or more of these questions, you may need to change or stop your substance use.