“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. The dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations… Addiction is a complex condition”… (www.asam.org)
“This is the FIRST step in recovery. The delusion (DENIAL) that we are like other people… has to be smashed” p. 30 Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
AA has produced a list of effective questions – see below
NOTE: You could apply these questions to almost any substance or activity – simply substitute words related to drinking with words pertinent to the substance or activity in question. )
Also you may try googling Questionnaires such as CAGE and AUDIT (the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) in addition to what you find here…
AA World Services Questionnaire…
If you answered YES to one of the questions, this is a warning that you may be addicted.
If you answered YES to any two, there’s a good chance that you are addicted.
If you answered YES to three or more, you are definitely addicted.
This material was reproduced with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (A.A.W.S.)