Am I an Addict?     Only you can answer this question?

    This may not be an easy thing to do. All through our usage, we told ourselves, I can handle
it. Even if this was true in the beginning, it is not so now. The drugs handled us. We lived to
use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs.
Perhaps you admit you have a problem with drugs, but you do not consider yourself an addict.
All of us have preconceived ideas about what an addict is. There is nothing shameful about being
an addict once you begin to take positive action. If you can identify with our problems, you may
be able to identify with our solution. The following questions were written by recovering addicts
in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about whether or not you are an addict, take a few
moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can.

  1: Do you ever use alone?
  2: Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?
  3: Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
  4: Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs?
  5: Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?
  6: Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
  7: Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?
  8: Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  9: Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
10: Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
11: Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
12: Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
13: Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?
14: Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation center because of your using?
15: Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?

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