At times you may wonder if you have a problem with alcohol and or drugs. The following questions are intended to help you determine whether your substance use pattern should be of concern.
Questions to explore:
- Do you lose time from academics due to drinking or getting high?
- Are you drinking or getting high by yourself?
- Do you drink or get high because you are shy with other people?
- Has your tolerance changed? e.g., does it take more alcohol or drugs now to feel a buzz?
- Have you ever felt remorse or guilt after drinking or getting high?
- Do you use on a regular basis?
- during every party/ social gathering
- every weekend
- several times a week
- If you are using alcohol or other substances, is it difficult to stop after two or three drinks or once you have started using?
- Have you ever had financial difficulties as a result of drinking or getting high?
- Have you ever had a loss of memory (blackouts) due to drinking or getting high?
- Has your ambition decreased as a result of drinking or getting high?
- When under the influence, do have great plans to write, compose or do something special, but somehow never follow through?
- Have your leisure activities become more limited? e.g. you no longer play tennis, hike as much, read for leisure, etc. due to being under the influence of alcohol or a drug?
- Have you changed your circle of friends based on their 'using 'habits?
- Do you feel annoyed or make a joke when others remark on your 'using' habits?
- Do you put yourself at ease by thinking your drinking or getting high is no different from that of your friends; that using is part of partying which is part of being a student....etc....
- Do you at times think about 'cutting' back, but never get around to it.
- Did you previously enjoy your studies and now have trouble attending your classes?
- Have you ever been taken or gone to the hospital due to your drinking or drug use?
- Has your efficiency decreased since you began drinking or getting high?
- Is drinking or getting high jeopardizing your academic standing or job?
- Do you have alcoholism or addiction in your family history?
If any of your responses to the questions raise concerns, further exploration of your substance use would be helpful. Your concerns deserve your attention regardless of what the final assessment might be. It's possible your substance use may be harming you .
You don't have to be an alcoholic or an addict to experience negative effects from the use of alcohol and or drugs. Regular alcohol and substance use can create problems or interfere with your life You might have developed a pattern of abusing alcohol or substances as a way of adjusting to the pressures of university life. Some will experience a physiological and psychological addiction to alcohol or other substances. If you are wondering if any of these situations is true for you, you might need help learning to consume alcohol or use substances in a controlled, more responsible manner. Some might benefit from becoming completely abstinent. In any case, you don't have to do this alone. Help is available.
The Counseling Center provides confidential counseling services and referrals for substance abuse treatment to UO students. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (541) 346-3227.
Note: If you need an assessment for legal purposes other than for the student conduct office, you need to get in contact with a community based agency or psychologist in private practice. If you would like assistance with referrals, the Counseling Center can help! Just call (541) 346-3227.
You can also take a confidential personal online survey that lets you know where you compare in your alcohol or marijuana use with other U of O students. Please click on the links below to take one of these surveys:
Substance Abuse Content
Basics Program at UO