Recovery is a journey. You can’t simply hop on and hop off the ride without losing your place or getting disoriented. There are distinct stages to sobriety, and you should not try to rush your results.
As the popular saying goes: take it one day at a time.
Take the Self-Assessment
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has delineated six dimensions of dependency diagnoses, which is known as the ASAM criteria. This is a complex set of assessment criteria, which is appropriately attuned to the complexity of human behavior. Addictive behavior may manifest itself in a number of ways. As caring professionals, we must be prepared to meet you at whichever junction you find yourself in the dependency/recovery process.
Let’s take a look at the vital factors of the ASAM criteria that shape the dueling dynamics of addiction and sobriety:
- Experiential – How do intoxication and withdrawal make you feel?
- Medical – Has your physical health been compromised by substance abuse?
- Behavioral – How has your mental health been affected by addiction?
- Evolution – Are you willing to change?
- Relapse – If you struggle with setbacks, how do you rebound?
- Environmental – What is your living situation and how does it reflect your goals?
In order to embrace your sobriety, we want to accurately assess your needs. The dimensions above are merely a roadmap, but you are navigating the vehicle. To extend the metaphor, you are the driving force that fuels your rehabilitation.
In the spirit of self-empowerment, we have designed the following questionnaire to determine your level of addiction. There are no right or wrong answers, just honesty. We want to know if you are in the experimental phase of substance use, a habitual user, someone in danger of overdose, or an individual struggling with the advanced stages of dependency.
We focus on all stages equally; we just want to know how to address your needs. More importantly: we want you to recognize your addiction for what it is.
This quiz is not intended to be an addiction test to self-diagnose, but rather an indication that you may need help. If the following quiz prompts any vulnerabilities or concerns, please contact a trained professional.