Alcoholics Anonymous: Do I Have a Problem?

Alcoholics Anonymous: Do I Have a Problem? Do I Need Treatment?

So, you may be reading this right now and asking yourself the question—do I have a problem with drug abuse? Do I have a problem with alcohol abuse? And if I do, do I need drug abuse counseling?

You can decide if you need drug addiction counseling by asking yourself a few simple questions. First of all, you’re not alone. Many people before you have asked themselves whether or not they need some type of drug abuse counseling. Here are some suggestions for you.

In order to determine if you might need drug abuse counseling you can examine a few areas and honestly ask yourself some questions:

  • Are you concerned about mounting problems in your life due to drug abuse/alcohol abuse?
  • Do you sometimes drink or use more than you intend to?
  • Have you tried to stop using drugs or alcohol yourself and have been unable to do so?
  • Are family and friends concerned about your drug abuse?
  • Have you experienced blackouts from alcohol abuse?
  • Have you experienced legal, vocational or relationship consequences from drug abuse/alcohol abuse?
  • Do you continue your drug abuse or alcohol abuse despite these negative consequences?
  • Does it take more and more of drugs or alcohol for you to achieve the desired effect?
  • Have you experienced withdrawals from your drug abuse or alcohol abuse?

These are just a few questions you can ask yourself. You may be able to identify with some of them. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary that you relate to ALL of them. You may relate to just one or two. The most important thing to know is this—if YOU are wondering if you have a problem with drug abuse or alcohol abuse, you probably do.

Not to worry. My next series of articles will be about options for drug abuse and alcohol abuse treatment and recovery.


Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., 2001

Narcotics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous World Service, Fifth Edition, 2006

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Kathleen Mills

Kathleen is a creative and gifted therapist who has extensive experience in helping children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of issues.