Am I Addicted to Codeine?

This quiz is a self-guided assessment that has been created from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which is the standard criteria for diagnosing mental health and substance use disorders. This assessment contains “yes” or “no” questions relative to your Codeine use during the last 12 months.

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This self-guided assessment is created to help you evaluate the level of your Codeine use, but this quiz is not intended to replace a proper, clinical diagnosis of Codeine addiction. You can use the results of this assessment as a guide to help you determine if your Codeine use is problematic, recognize the signs and symptoms of Codeine use disorder and seek treatment for Codeine addiction if necessary. Review your results with your physician or call The Recovery Village to speak with a representative about your Codeine use disorder and the options for treatment programs.

Please answer “yes” or “no” based only on your codeine use. In the past 12 months:

Have you used codeine for anything other than medicinal reasons?
Has your frequency of codeine use increased beyond prescribed amounts?
Have you combined codeine with other substances, including alcohol or other prescription drugs?
Have you had cravings or urges to use codeine after not taking it for a while?
Have you engaged in illegal activity for the sole purpose of obtaining codeine?
Have you experienced financial issues due to paying for codeine?
Have you ever put yourself in physical danger by taking codeine (e.g., while operating a vehicle or machinery)?
Have you struggled to reduce your codeine dosage or stop taking the drug?
Have you strained professional and personal relationships due to your codeine use?
Have you worried about running out of codeine and suffering withdrawal symptoms?
Have you felt guilt or shame regarding your codeine use?
Has your codeine use led to experimenting with other opioids or opiates?

Your assessment results are confidential. Please enter your information below to proceed to your results.

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FAQs About Codeine

  • How much codeine is too much?

    If a person takes more codeine than their doctor prescribes, they’re taking too much. The amount of codeine that can be dangerous varies from person to person, which is why each prescription is tailored to the individual. People whose bodies are not used to opioids — and people who have a liver enzyme that breaks down codeine too quickly — are at high risk of overdose.

  • How should codeine be used?

    Codeine should be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Often, codeine is prescribed on an as-needed basis for pain or cough, meaning you do not need to take it if you do not have symptoms.

  • What special precautions should I follow when taking codeine?

    It is important to avoid other central nervous system (CNS) depressants while taking codeine. CNS depressants include alcohol and benzodiazepines like Xanax.

  • Is codeine a habit-forming drug?

    Codeine can be habit-forming, which is why it is classified as a controlled substance.

  • How long does it take to get addicted to codeine?

    Each person takes a different amount of time to get addicted to a substance. While some people may get addicted quickly, it may take longer for others. If you continue taking codeine even though it’s negatively impacting your life, you are at high risk of addiction.

  • How can I stop my codeine addiction?

    Seeking help from a doctor is the best way to stop your codeine addiction. You may be referred to a codeine detox program to help wean you off the drug and minimize withdrawal symptoms. Detox is often followed by rehab, which is where you begin learning the skills needed to live a codeine-free life.

  • Does The Recovery Village offer treatment programs for codeine addiction?

    The Recovery Village provides a full continuum of care that treats a variety of substance use disorders, including codeine addiction. Contact us today to learn more.

Next Steps

This self-guided assessment was created to help you evaluate the level of your codeine — it is not intended to replace a proper, clinical diagnosis of codeine addiction. You can use the results of this assessment as a guide to:

If you’ve discovered that you may be struggling with a codeine use disorder, help is available at The Recovery Village. You can review your results with a physician or contact us today to find a codeine addiction treatment program that works well for your situation.

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