Diagnosing another person

Drug Addiction & Alcoholism – Diagnosing another person.

If you think a friend, family member or colleague has a drug or alcohol addiction, the following questions can help you see whether your suspicions are accurate. Answer each question with a “yes” or “no.”

  • Are you ever afraid to be around the person when he or she is drinking or using drugs because of the possibility of verbal or physical abuse?
  • Do you worry about the person’s drinking or drug use?
  • Has the person broken promises to control or stop his/her drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever made excuses for the way the person behaved while drinking or using?
  • Do you feel guilty about the person’s drinking or drug use?
  • Do you feel anxious or tense around the person because of his or her drinking or drug use?
  • Are you afraid to drive with the person after he or she has been drinking or using?
  • Have you ever lied to anyone else about the person’s drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever helped the person “cover up” for a drinking or using episode by calling his or her employer, or telling others that he or she is feeling “sick”?
  • Have you ever been embarrassed by the person’s drinking or drug use?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, then there is a good chance that the person you care about has a drug or alcohol addiction. If you answered “yes” to five questions, the chance is even greater. And if you answered “yes” to seven or more questions, you can feel secure in the knowledge that the person you care about needs help.

Johnson Institute September 1996

As family and friends of the drug or alcohol addicted person we’re often the first ones to realise how severe the problem is.

We play a crucial role in either continuing to turn a blind eye, making excuses for their behaviour to ourselves and others, and enable the addiction to continue or we can seek professional addiction counselling help and begin to put the addicted person in a position where they have to acknowledge their illness and start to take responsibility for it.

It’s untrue that drug addicts and alcoholics need to be self motivated and entirely “ready for rehab” to benefit from treatment.

The disease of addiction itself renders people less and less capable of recognising the severity of their drug addiction symptoms. Deluded and resistant patients can recover without having to “hit rock bottom”.

If you or someone you love is addicted to alcohol or other drugs, please call us right now to access inpatient detox and treatment at the best private rehab centre closest to you.

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