How do I know if I have pre-addiction?
Pre-addiction is a serious but treatable condition. Without intervention, pre-addiction may become full-blown addiction.
Some questions to ask yourself to determine whether you might be experiencing pre-addiction:
Have you ever drank or done drugs to relax, feel better about yourself or fit in?
Have you ever drank or done drugs to feel less anxious?
Have you ever blacked out as a result of drinking?
Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
Has your drinking or drug use impacted your personal, professional, financial, or romantic goals?
Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
Do you drink alcohol or use drugs when you are alone?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions you might be experiencing pre-addiction. This means you may benefit from lifestyle changes or support in building healthier habits.