Am I Drug-Addicted?


This simple 20-question self-test may help you to identify if your drug use is a problem or if a friend or family member may have a problem.

The following questions concern information about your involvement with drugs, including any non-medical or excessive use of prescribed or “over-the-counter” drugs.
Carefully read each statement. When preparing each response, take into consideration your actions over the course of the past 12 months. This test does not include questions about alcohol use. To take a self-test focused specifically on alcohol please use the NCADD test: „Am I Alcoholic?“

The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of drug addiction and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your drug use and the potential health issues involved with it. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional. Every „NO“ answer scores 0 points and every „YES“ answer scores 1 point, except for questions 4 and 5, where the scoring is reversed. Decide whether your answer is „NO“ or „YES“ and check the appropriate space. Please be sure to answer every question!

1. Have you used drugs other than those required for medicinal reasons?

2. Have you used prescription drugs at higher doses than recommended or needed to obtain a new prescription before the due date?

3. Do you use more than one drug at a time?

4. Can you get through the week without using drugs?

5. Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?

6. Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use?

7. Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?

8. Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?

9. Has drug use created problems between you and your spouse or your parents?

10. Have you lost friends because of your use of drugs?

11. Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?

12. Have you been in trouble at work because of drug use?

13. Have you lost a job because of drug use?

14. Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs?

15. Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?

16. Have you been arrested for possession of illegal drugs?

17. Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?

18. Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g. memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?

19. Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug problem?

20. Have you been involved in a treatment program specifically related to drug use?

About the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

Founded in 1944, by Marty Mann, the first woman to recover from alcoholism in AA, NCADD and its National Network of Affiliates is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the nation’s #1 health problem- alcoholism and drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.

Approved by NCAAD Medical-Scientific Committee, 2015. All rights reserved.