Benzodiazepine Addiction Quiz
We have developed a brief Addiction Quiz to help you better determine whether or not you are suffering from a diagnosable benzodiazepine use disorder. The Quiz is designed to point you in the right direction, but it is not an adequate replacement for a professional diagnosis. If you believe professional help has become a necessity, we are happy to provide you with a more accurate assessment and with a list of potential treatment options.
Question #1: Do you often use benzodiazepines in larger amounts or over a longer period than you intended?
If you have a difficult time controlling your benzodiazepine use, you might be suffering from a diagnosable substance use disorder. Maybe you increased your dose without doctor approval, or you are taking a medication which was not initially prescribed to you.
Question #2: Have you wanted to cut back on benzodiazepines or made unsuccessful attempts to do so?
Perhaps you have noticed benzodiazepines have been negatively impacting your overall quality of life. In light of related consequences you have attempted to cut back on your dose, or quit taking the medication to do so. If you are able to quit for a brief period of time, you find yourself using benzodiazepines again within a day or two.
Question #3: Do you spend a great deal of time finding, using, or recovering from using?
If you have become preoccupied with obtaining and using benzodiazepines, and if you spend ample time recovering from their effects, there is a good chance you have been struggling with a substance use disorder. You might experience early onset withdrawal when use is stopped suddenly, and spend a good deal of time obtaining more medication to prevent this from happening.
Question #4: Do you have strong urges or powerful cravings to use benzodiazepines?
People who struggle with addiction experience intense and overpowering drug cravings. If you feel the need to continue using benzodiazepines despite harmful effects, this might be why.
Question #5: Has your use of benzodiazepines resulted in your inability to meet your obligations at work, home, or school?
Many people mistakenly believe benzodiazepines are relatively harmless, seeing as they are prescribed by medical professionals and are safe to use when taken as prescribed. However, taking more than intended can seriously impact your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
Question #6: Have you had to cut back on or abandon social, professional, or recreational activities due to your use of benzodiazepines?
If you have been misusing benzodiazepines there is a good chance other areas of your life are being compromised. Maybe your performance at work or school has been on the decline, or maybe you have been missing out on birthdays and other social events.
Question #7: Have you repeatedly used benzodiazepines when it was hazardous to do so, such as while driving a car?
If you are suffering from addiction you are probably engaging in more risk-taking activities than normal. You might drive while under the influence, or combine benzodiazepines with other chemical substances like alcohol or opioids.
Question #8: Have you experienced social or relationship problems due to your benzodiazepines use and kept using anyway?
People who struggle with addiction often find their interpersonal relationships have become strained. Maybe you have pushed your loved ones away so you can continue using benzodiazepines in peace. Maybe your coworkers are frustrated by your declining work performance, or your family members have stopped inviting you to important family functions. Take a look at the quality of your relationships.
Question #9: Have you kept using benzodiazepines knowing that it has caused or worsened physical or mental health issues?
If a medical or psychiatric professional has recommended you cut back on your dosage or quit altogether and you have been unable to do so, you might be struggling with a diagnosable benzodiazepine use disorder.
Question #10: When you attempt to cut back on or stop your use of benzodiazepines, have you experienced uncomfortable physical or mental health symptoms (withdrawal)?
The withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepine detox are both physical and psychological in nature. If you stop using benzodiazepines suddenly you might experience body tremors, severe stomach cramping, anxiety, panic attacks, and in severe cases of withdrawal, grand mal seizures.
Question #11: Have you needed more Benzodiazepines to feel the effects you’re seeking (tolerance)?
When a person uses a chemical substance for a prolonged period of time they begin to develop a physical tolerance. This essentially means a higher dose is required in order for the desired effects to be produced. Tolerance is a telltale sign of addiction.