Drug Addiction – Self Diagnosis

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you lose time from work due to drinking or drug use?

Is drinking or drug use making your home life unhappy?

Do you drink or use drugs because you are shy with other people?

Is drinking or drug use affecting your reputation?

Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking or drug

Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking or using

Does your drinking or drug use make you careless of your family's welfare?

Has your ambition decreased since drinking or using drugs?

Do you crave a drink or drugs at a definite time daily?

Do you want a drink or drugs the next morning?

Does drinking or using drugs cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

Has your efficiency decreased since drinking or using drugs?

Is drinking or using drugs jeopardizing your job or business?

Do you drink or use drugs to escape from worries or trouble?

Do you drink or use drugs alone?

Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking or drug use?

Has your physician ever treated you for drinking or drug use?

Do you drink or use drugs to build up your self-confidence?

Have you ever been to a hospital or institution because of drinking or drug use?

A Yes to three or more questions indicate abuse or addiction is present and
corrective steps need to be taken.



Drug Addiction Treatment Overview

There are many addictive drugs, and treatments for specific drugs can differ. Treatment also varies depending on the characteristics of the patient.

Problems associated with an individual's drug addiction can vary significantly. People who are addicted to drugs come from all walks of life. Many suffer from mental health, occupational, health, or social problems that make their addictive disorders much more difficult to treat. Even if there are few associated problems, the severity of addiction itself ranges widely among people.

A variety of scientifically based approaches to drug addiction treatment exists. Drug addiction treatment can include behavioral therapy (such as counseling, cognitive therapy, or psychotherapy), medications, or their combination. Behavioral therapies offer people strategies for coping with their drug cravings, teach them ways to avoid drugs and prevent relapse, and help them deal with relapse if it occurs. When a person's drug-related behavior places him or her at higher risk for AIDS or other infectious diseases, behavioral therapies can help to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Case management and referral to other medical, psychological, and social services are crucial components of treatment for many patients. The best programs provide a combination of therapies and other services to meet the needs of the individual patient, which are shaped by such issues as age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, parenting, housing, and employment, as well as physical and sexual abuse.

The Nai Zindagi Treatment philosophy and method is outlined in a paper called Straight Thinking©.