The line between substance abuse and addiction is often hard to see until it has been crossed. An individual may deny they have an addiction until the consequences are overwhelming and undeniable: a lost job, broken relationships, a DUI, financial problems, legal issues, or a serious health condition.
The CAGE Test is one way to think about whether you or someone you know has an addiction. (Score 1 point for each YES answer)
- Have you ever felt you should Cut down your use of drugs or alcohol?
- Have you ever been Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
- Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
- Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?
If you scored 1 point, there is an 80% chance of addiction.
If you scored 2 points, there is an 89% chance of addiction.
If you scored 3 points, there is a 99% chance of addiction
If you scored 4 points, there is a 100% chance you are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
By Michael Campbell
Key #3 will discuss how to deal with and solve these signs of addiction. Stay tuned!