Test Your Drug Consumption

drug abuseWe are half way through Mental Health Awareness Week and today we are putting out a drug abuse test. This test, called the DAST 10 is a Drug Abuse Screening test that is designed to help people better understand their drug use.

The DAST 10 score is not a diagnosis so it should not be relied upon as the only means of determining drug abuse. Only a doctor or trained counsellor can diagnose mental health problems. The DAST 10 can help people understand their relationship to drugs and help them recognise a potential problem.

These Questions Refer To The Past 12 Months No Yes

Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?

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Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?

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Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to? (If you have never used drugs answer yes)

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Have you had blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug use?

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Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use? If never? (If you have never used drugs answer no)

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Does your spouse or parent ever complain about your involvement with drugs?

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Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?

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Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?

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Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms or felt sick when you stopped taking drugs?

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Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use? (e.g. memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding etc.)

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Once you have finished taking the test, tally up your score. Every yes answer is 1 point and every no answer is 0 points.

A score of 0 indicates there are not problems.

A score of 1-2 indicates low level drug abuse.

A score of 3-5 indicates a moderate drug abuse problem.

A score of 6-8 indicates a substantial drug abuse problem.

A core of 9-10 indicates a sever drug abuse problem.

If you would like to know more about drug abuse you can visit our Drugs Knowledge Centre. If you think you may have a problem you can contact Life Works today for help.

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