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Take the Quiz: Do I Have a Drug Addiction?

Are you concerned about the role drugs play in your life?


7.5 million Americans have a drug use disorder.

 Are you wondering if you might be addicted? You might be asking yourself – “Am I addicted to drugs? Am I an addict? Do I have a drug problem?”*

With 11 quick questions, this simple self-test is intended to help you determine if you might need to find out more about your drug use (drug abuse, drug habit*). The following questions are to help you review the role that drugs play in your life. Remember that the questions do not include other drugs taken for medical and non-medical uses.

The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your substance use and the potential health issues involved with it. The information provided here is not a substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.
*Note: Facing Addiction with NCADD is actively working to change the cultural norms and stigma associated with addiction – as such, we have included commonly used phrases for the purposes of this test, if you would like to learn about preferred addiction language read our resource Addiction: Defined.


If you scored:

29 or above (52% or higher)

If you scored 29 or above you are at risk and warrant further diagnostic evaluation for drug dependence.

Between 23 - 28 (41% - 51%)

If you scored between 23 and 28 you may want to explore counseling and continue to monitor your drug use.

12 - 22 (21% - 40%)

If you scored between 12 and 22 a primer on hazardous drug use and continued monitoring of drug use patterns could be helpful.

11 (20%)

If you scored 11, then you are probably at low risk of a drug use problem.

Total scores of 12 or more are potential indicators of hazardous and harmful drug use, as well as possible drug dependence. Generally speaking, scores in the range of 12-22 represent a medium level of drug problems and scores of 23 and above represent a possible high level of drug-related problems.

Higher scores indicate a greater likelihood of harmful drug use. Such scores may also reflect greater severity of drug problems and dependence, as well as a need for more intensive treatment.


*The Drug Use Disorders Identification Test was developed by Professor Hans Bergman at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Section for Alcohol and Drug Dependence Research at Karolinska Institutet as a parallel instrument to the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) for identification of individuals with drug-related problems originally developed by the World Health Organization.

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