Drug Addiction Assessments
Drug addictions stem from a variety of cognitive, physiological and behavioral factors. Recurring drug abuse is typically the most easily identifiable of these factors, and this term refers to two behaviors: using illicit or prescription substances in excess (more than the specified dose) and using drugs for non-medical purposes. Evaluating how someone uses — or misuses — drugs can help clarify whether they have a substance use disorder.
Assessing Your Risk of Addiction
Although they cannot serve as an official diagnosis, these self-assessments can help you evaluate your prescription or illicit substance use (not including alcohol) and better understand your risk of addiction so you can find treatment if necessary.
Am I an Alcoholic?
Completing a CAGE, MAST or AUDIT test can help you determine whether you are at risk of an alcohol addiction.
Assessing a Loved One’s Risk of Addiction
If you’re worried that someone you love may be dependent on prescription or illicit substances or alcohol, these quizzes can help you link the signs you’ve seen with the common symptoms of addiction.
Which Drugs Cause Substance Use Disorders?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders recognizes 10 classes of drugs that can contribute to substance use disorders. Most substances, both legal and illicit, fall into seven of these classes:
- Cannabis (marijuana)
- Hallucinogens (LSD, acid, mushrooms, PCP, etc.)
- Inhalants (nitrous oxide, air duster, whippets, paint thinner, etc.)
- Opioids (heroin, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, etc.)
- Sedatives (Valium, Ativan, Xanax, sleeping pills, etc.)
- Stimulants (cocaine, meth, ecstasy, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, etc.)
Finding Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
If you struggle with a substance use disorder or know someone who does, help is available. With centers located across the country, The Recovery Village offers a full continuum of care, from detox through aftercare, to empower people to overcome addiction. Call today to get started with a program near you.