Who is at risk for addiction?

If you can answer yes to four or more of the following questions, it’s likely that there is reason to prompt further inquiry.

  • Do they deny drinking when it is obvious he or she has been?
  • Do they get angry if someone suggests there’s a drinking problem?
  • Do they drive while under the influence?
  • Do they drink often by themselves?
  • Are they drinking more now than in the past?
  • Do they undergo a personality change when using alcohol/drugs?
  • Do they lie to their employers, relatives or friends in an attempt to hide their alcohol/drug use?
  • Are they neglecting responsibilities with children due to their substance abuse?
  • Do they fail to remember circumstances associated with behavior displayed during periods of alcohol and/or drug use?
  • Do they avoid social functions where alcohol is not served?
  • Do they prefer socializing with other heavy drinkers and avoid socializing with those who don’t drink?
  • Are they hiding bottles of alcohol?
  • Are they disruptive during the holidays or special occasions when getting high or drunk?
  • Are they drinking early in the morning or early in the day?
  • Have friends or relatives asked them to stop or cut down on their use of alcohol or other drugs?
  • Is there absenteeism at work or school because of their alcohol and or drug use?
  • Are they isolating from family and friends?
  • Do they continually promise to stop using alcohol/drugs only to return to them?
  • Is there a family history of alcoholism/drug addiction?
  • Do they have periods of remorse after drinking or drugging and apologize for their behavior?
  • Do they justify their use by blaming a stressful life style or difficult emotional situations?
  • Does their use of alcohol and or drugs cause family members to fear/avoid them?
  • Do they break promises because of drinking and or drug use?
  • Do they have medical problems related to alcohol and or other drug abuse?
  • Do they shake in the morning or when trying to abstain from drinking alcohol?
  • Do they deny there’s a drinking problem because they only drink wine or beer?
  • Do they have financial problems, which can be associated with their alcohol and or drug use?
  • Do they have legal problems due to drugs and or alcohol?
  • Is there a lack of interest in personal hygiene?