Each person's "bottom" is different. Some people recognize they are in trouble early. What you need to ask yourself is, "How far down do I want to go before I make an effort to come back up?" or "How much am I willing to risk the possibility that I'll never make it back up?"
In the following self-assessment, answer the questions honestly either yes or no and keep tally of how many of each you have. This only takes a minute and could help you better gauge whether or not you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
You answered yes to less than two questions:
Your answers suggest that drinking or drug use are no problem to you.
You answered yes to between 2 and 4 questions:
Your self-assessment responses suggest that your usual drinking or drug use pattern could be getting in the way of your ability to function at your very best. Certainly, no written test can determine better than you and a qualified professional can if your drinking or drug use is out of your control. Often the fear of becoming "alcoholic" or a "drug addict" keep people from confronting the issue altogether. Self education is the best tool you can arm yourself with. One way you can learn more about the signs of alcoholism is to read information made available on this website, by speaking with an addictions specialist or by calling our admissions office to address any concerns you might have.
You answered yes to five or more questions:
Your responses suggest that drinking or drug use has become a real
problem for you and that your drinking or using is consistent with most
definitions of alcoholism and drug addiction. Good for you for being
so honest about your drug use or drinking. We know it's a cliché,
but admitting your problem, even to yourself is the first and most vital
step you can take to a better life. We strongly encourage you to consult
with our admissions office to find out how you can work towards a better
life free of drugs and alcohol. We will never pressure you to make a
decision you are not comfortable with and if you need a referral we
can help you find the best referral source for you. There are literally
millions of people with who have taken charge of their lives by seeking
help and are now able to live healthier, happier, and much more productively.