Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Alcoholism or Addiction?
A: There are several good definitions. One good one is: Any frequent, problematic use of substances, where either the amount used or the occasion of use is beyond the control of the user.
How do I know if I or a loved one is an Alcoholic or an Addict?
A: There are several good assessments avail able online, such as the MAST Test. Try: http://counsellingresource.com/quizzes/alcohol-mast/index.html If the substance user will not agree to take the test, fill it in as you think he/she might answer, for an approximate assessment. Better yet, seek a professional consultation with a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor.
What if I can’t get a family member to accept the need for Treatment?
A: Come yourself! Addiction is a Family Disease, with all members affected. By understanding the disease and treating yourself, you also increase the likelihood of your loved one accepting treatment. Therapists often start with willing family members first. This frequently results in the alcoholic or addict being attracted to Recovery by the positive changes they perceive in others.
Links to Related Substance Abuse & Addiction Websites:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
Addiction Technology Transfer Center (General info on Addictions)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (General info on Addictions)
Addiction Recovery and Treatment
Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test
Links to Related Mental Health Websites:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Bipolar Help Center
Sexual Abuse- General Information
Prescription Assistance Information/Sources
Psychology Today(General Mental Health and Addiction Info)
Recovery from Terminating a Pregnancy
Links to Other Related Behavioral Health Websites:
Debtors Anonymous Website
Co-dependency Anonymous- Omaha (CODA)
For Military Personnel and families
http://www.battlemind.org/ & http://www.militaryonesource.com/skins/MOS/home.aspx