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This brief screening tool for alcohol, and other drugs consists of frequency of alcohol and drug use questions to identify risky substance use by adult patients.

What is a Substance Use Disorder?

A substance use disorder (SUD) is the persistent use of drugs (including alcohol) despite adverse consequences or substantial harm.

A substance use disorder causes an intense focus on using a certain substance(s) such as alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs, to the point where the ability to function in life becomes impaired.

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is the medical term that is used to describe a pattern of using a substance (drug) that causes significant problems or distress.

Missing work or school, using the substance in dangerous situations, such as driving a car, are examples of negative consequences.

Substance abuse may lead to substance-related legal problems, or continued substance use that interferes with friendships, family relationships, or both.

Drug Abuse Screening Test:

Below are some typical questions that can be used as a screening tool to see if you might need a brief intervention or treatment from drug and alcohol consumption. As screening tools only, these simple screening questions will give you insight into the severity of your dependence.

Although screening is just a way to assess and measure severity, it does not take the place of assessment tools healthcare providers will give patients if they enter treatment.

If you begin to question your drug and alcohol use, and are wondering if you abuse substances, you are not alone. Not everyone that drinks heavily on occasion or has a drink every once in a while has a problem.
If you struggle with remembering parts of the evening after drinking, it could be a problem related to your drinking or drug habits. One occasion where this has happened does not indicate a substance use disorder, but frequent blackouts after heavy drinking or drug use could indicate a problem.
Often, a family member or close friend has begun to worry about your drug and alcohol use, and this could be one of the first signs that you suffer from alcohol or drug abuse. Sometimes your friends or family members may conduct a brief intervention, voicing their concerns before acting on any type of referral to treatment.
Typically, people with substance use disorders have a hard time stopping use after they have started. This could be due to withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use or because a drug or alcohol dependence has developed.
People with high levels of shame or guilt about their alcohol or drug use may have a substance use disorder. When you begin to feel guilty it indicates that you believe you have a problem. These behaviors only create more shame, beginning a harmful cycle of substance use.
If you begin having problems in your relationships with family, friends or coworkers because of your drinking or drug use, it could indicate a substance use disorder. This is a typical sign of addiction and drug abuse.
Not everyone who suffers from addiction will display violent behavior. However, research has proven that violence and addiction often go hand-in-hand.
If your friends and family are reaching out to others to address or assess your drinking or drug use, this could be a sign of a substance use disorder. Often, family and friends are the first ones to notice when there is a true problem.
Changing your relationships or losing friends or family members due to your habit could indicate that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction can damage social health. All types of relationships – family, friendships, and romantic relationships — can be put under enormous strain when someone becomes addicted.
A substance use disorder can take over your life. This may cause problems at work, school or with your relationships with others. Missing work or not meeting specific tasks could be a sign of an alcohol or drug problem.
Missing many days of work could result in you being let go or fired. If you have lost your job due to your habit it could be a sign that you are abusing drugs or alcohol.
Neglecting obligations at work, school or with family for more than two days in a row because of your drug or alcohol use could indicate that you have a problem. Not fulfilling responsibilities is a sign of a substance use disorder.
Many people choose to have a drink at the end of a long day or during social events, but pouring yourself a drink before noon and continuously drinking all day could be the sign of a bigger problem. Heavy alcohol or drug use throughout the day could indicate a substance use disorder.
It is a great idea to reach out to a doctor, health care provider or trained clinician if you are concerned about your drinking or drug use. This is often the first step to measure the severity of the problem and need professional help.
Being hospitalized for drinking or drug use is a serious matter and can even be life-threatening. If your drug or alcohol problem has caused you to be admitted to the hospital, you may need to seek professional help.
Risky behavior or engaging in activities that are unsafe could indicate a drug or alcohol problem. If you have stolen, driven under the influence or been arrested due to your alcohol or drug use it could mean you have a substance use disorder.

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This is just a screening tool for patients. Self-administered questionnaires are not accurate for determining whether you have a substance use disorder. Screening tools and procedures in evaluating risk are discussed in depth with our clinicians and staff.

Further evaluation with a drug abuse screening test is necessary to determine the extent of your drug or alcohol use.

Turning Point of Tampa offers treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Our patients come from all over Florida and throughout the United States.

Brief interventions occur when someone has the awareness that their health is compromised by their addiction. Clinicians, doctors, and nurses many times are the ones to deliver a screen positive result or do a health assessment that leads to a referral to treatment.

A health assessment defers from an alcohol and drug assessment. When someone is assessed for substance abuse, they must learn about the details of use such as what is being ingested, the way of use: drinking, snorting, smoking, or intravenously.

How long someone has been using is also very important. Age of first use and the current frequency will help measure the level of care a person requires.
Withdrawal symptoms cannot be assessed by online screening tools. Drug and alcohol use have screening questions designed to guide someone questioning if they have a problem that requires treatment.

Patients tend to measure or diagnose themselves easily if they have had a prior treatment experience.

The severity of substance abuse effects families all over the world. The clinicians at Turning Point of Tampa are well educated and skilled in addressing addiction and how drug and alcohol use effects families.