Are You Not Sure If You Have a Problem With Alcohol or Drugs?

This list of 20 questions has helped a lot of people find where they stood with alcohol and drugs:

 1. Did you lose time from work due to drinking or drug use?

2. Did drinking or drugs make your home life unhappy?

3. Did you drink or drug because you were shy with people?

4. Has drinking or drugging affected your reputation?

5. Have you gotten into trouble with money because of your drinking or drug use?

6. Did you associate with people you didn’t respect and hang out in places you didn’t want to be in when drinking or using?

7. Did your drinking or using make you careless of your family’s welfare?

8. Has your drinking or using decreased your ambition?

9. Did you want a drink or drug “the morning after?”

10. Did you have a hard time sleeping because of your drinking or drug use?

11. Has your ability to work decreased since drinking or using?

12. Did drinking or using get you into trouble on the job or in business?

13. Did you drink or use to escape from problems or worries?

14. Did you drink or use alone?

15. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking or using?

16. Has a doctor ever treated you for drinking or using?

17. Did you drink or use to build up self-confidence?

18. Have you ever been arrested, locked up or hospitalized on account of your drinking or drugging?

19. Have you ever felt guilty after drinking or using?

20. Did you have to have a drink or drug at a certain time each day?

(If you answered “yes” to three or more questions, you may be an alcoholic or a drug addict.)


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The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with

God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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