It can be difficult to look in the mirror and admit it. How do you admit that you’ve got a problem that seems so overwhelming? The stigma of the word, “addiction,” is enough to bury your head in the sand.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Does my drinking/drug use interfere with my job? My family and relationships? Do I have legal problems because of this?
A common questionnaire is the “CAGE Questionnaire,” which is used internationally as a screening tool:
Have you felt you ought to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
Have you felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye opener)?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from at least checking out a SMART Recovery and/or a 12 Step meeting. Remember, there is a whole community of individuals who are willing to reach out and assist you in your time of need.
Cassandra Cannon, Ph.D.
AToN Center 888-535-1516