|Addiction - Self Assessment
|Addiction, Assessment, Intervention, Treatment & Continuing Care
|ADDICTION can be viewed as a behaviour in which an individual engages to control their level of happiness and peace of mind. The way we experience ourselves often changes from day to day and addictive behaviour is an attempt to regulate such emotional cycles. The emotional repercussions of addiction can be long lasting and devastating for all family members.
|CAGE Self Assessment
- Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your (drinking, shopping, cocaine or drug use, gambling, sex and pornography use)?
- Have people ever annoyed you by criticizing your (drinking, shopping, cocaine or drug use, gambling, or pornography use)?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your (drinking, shopping, cocaine or drug use, gambling, ex and pornography use)?
- Have you ever had to use first thing in the morning as an eye-opener to steady your nerves or get rid of a hang over?
|If you answered "Yes" to:
- Three of these questions, be aware that you are at high risk for the development of the disease of chemical dependencies.
- Four of these questions, you have a problem with substance abuse; see if you can stop using any mood altering drugs for ninety days. If you have difficulty with this, you may already be chemically dependent.
- You already have many of the critical symptoms of chemical dependence. You need to completely abstain from all mood altering drugs.
|A person who answers "yes" - to even one of the above questions - requires assessment and professional support.