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Substance Abuse
Self-Assessment Test

Substance Abuse Self-Assessment Test

Do I Have a Problem with Drugs or Substances?

Drug addiction, or formally referred to as substance use disorder (SUD), is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Addiction compels someone to repeatedly use substances or engage in behaviors even though they have harmful consequences, often destroying marriages, friendships, and careers or threatening a person’s basic health and safety.

People from all walks of life can experience problems with their drug use, regardless of age, race, background, or the reason they started using drugs in the first place. If you or a loved one is struggling, it’s time to ask for help.

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Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10)

The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) is a 10-item brief screening tool that can be administered by a clinician or self-administered. This tool assesses drug use, not including alcohol or tobacco use, in the past 12 months. Each question requires a yes or no response, and the tool can be completed in less than 8 minutes.

The following questions concern information about your possible involvement with drugs not including alcoholic beverages during the past 12 months.

“Drug abuse” refers to (1) the use of prescribed or over‐the‐counter drugs in excess of the directions, and (2) any nonmedical use of drugs.

The various classes of drugs may include cannabis (marijuana, hashish), solvents (e.g., paint thinner), tranquilizers (e.g., Valium), barbiturates, cocaine, stimulants (e.g., speed), hallucinogens (e.g., LSD) or narcotics (e.g., heroin). Remember that the questions do not include alcoholic beverages. Please answer every question. If you have difficulty with a statement, then choose the response that is mostly right.

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