For Myself

Making the decision to seek help for alcohol and/or drug addictions is often one of the most difficult steps for individuals to take. We understand the difficulty experienced at the time treatment is needed and in the process of finding and beginning the right program. It is our belief that part of our duty to clients is to ease the difficulty and discomfort often experienced during this phase. From the moment you speak to one of our staff members we will guide you into recovery and aim to make the journey comfortable, attainable, and beneficial.

From the moment you call we go to work as your advocates. We will schedule a time that is convenient for you to come in and meet with our staff and offer same-day appointments. We gather baseline information that includes your physical health, mental health, historical data, needs, preferences, and goals. You immediately begin treatment. Treatment starts with detox or medical stabilization by one of our medical doctors, an orientation to our program by our leadership staff, treatment planning with your primary therapist, and scheduling that is both convenient for your life’s other obligations and structured for the soundness of your care.

Most notable, and often a response we receive from our clients, is the existence of a culture and environment that is person-centered. That is, we treat you as the individual you are and not as “just another client”. Our care and concern is interlaced in every aspect of our programs. You will find a staff that is caring and passionate, accessible when you need them, responsive to your needs, adaptable to ever-changing circumstances, and compassionate about aiding you in improving your life.

 

It is ultimately YOU that decides change is needed. Take the test below if you are uncertain if a rehab program is right for you.

 

The CAGE Test for Alcohol Addiction

This simple test is surprisingly accurate. Answer yes or no to each question.(1)

  1. Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drinking?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had an Eye opener first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Your score:
Score one point for each yes answer.

If you scored 1, there is an 80% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 2, there is an 89% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.

 

The Modified CAGE Test for All Addictions

Most self-test questionnaires apply to alcohol addiction, but can be easily adapted to any addiction.

  1. Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drug or alcohol use?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
  4. Have you ever used drugs to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?

The AUDIT Test for Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism)

The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. It was tested on 2000 people before being published. (The pdf format version of the AUDIT is available through the WHO website. Copyright 1993 World Health Organization.)(2)

To correctly answer some of these questions you need to know the definition of a drink. For this test one drink is:
One can of beer (12 oz or approx 330 ml of 5% alcohol), or
One glass of wine (5 oz or approx 140 ml of 12% alcohol), or
One shot of liquor (1.5 oz or approx 40 ml of 40% alcohol).

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
Never (score 0)
Monthly or Less (score 1)
2-4 times a month (score 2)
2-3 times a week (score 3)
4 or more times a week (score 4)

2. How many alcoholic drinks do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
1 or 2 (0)
3 or 4 (1)
5 or 6 (2)
7-9 (3)
10 or more (4)

3. How often do you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

4. How often during the past year have you found that you drank more or for a longer time than you intended?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

5. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

6. How often during the past year have you had a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

7. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after drinking?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

8. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?
Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

9. Have you or anyone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
No (0)
Yes, but not in the past year (2)
Yes, during the past year (4)

10. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or health care worker been concerned about your drinking, or suggested that you cut down?
No (0)
Yes, but not in the past year (2)
Yes, during the past year (4)

Your score:
If you scored 8-10 or more, you are probably addicted to alcohol.

It may seem like the AUDIT questionnaire is an easy test to fail. If you applied this test to other aspects of your life you will almost certainly come up as being addicted to something. For example, most people watch too much television, or eat too much of their favorite food. But those are so-called “soft addictions”, and the AUDIT questionnaire was not designed to assess them. It is extremely reliable when it comes to assessing alcohol addiction.

References

1) Ewing, J.A., Detecting alcoholism. The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA, 1984. 252(14): p. 1905-7.
2) Babor, T.F., et al., AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence.  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_MSD_MSB_01.6a.pdf. WHO.