According to the National Mental Health Association, alcohol, nicotine additions and drug abuse disorders are one of our society's greatest health concerns.
The causes of alcohol or other drug abuse and addiction are complex, with heredity, environment, and social factors all playing a part.
While a professional assessment is necessary to accurately diagnose a substance abuse or addiction problem, the following four "CAGE" instrument questions can help you determine a possible addiction problem.
C – Have you ever felt the need to Cut down on your drinking/drug use?
A – Do you get Annoyed at criticism by others about your drinking/drug use?
G – Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking/drug use or something you have done while drinking or using other drugs?
E – Eye-opener: Have you ever felt the need for a drink early in the morning?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you could be at risk for developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs. Speaking with one of our trained professionals can help you on the road to a substance dependent-free life.
The 'CAGE' instrument was adapted from the National Mental Health Association website and has been used by permission. Click the link below to find out more about substance abuse.