Self-Assessments: Drug & Substance Abuse


In our contemporary Australian culture drug addiction means different things to different people. There is widespread use of illegal drugs in communities right across the nation, and in all stratas of society, and there are varying degrees of availability, criminality and associated harms that relate to the specific drugs.

Some of the most common types of drug addiction we treat are:

  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamine / Ice
  • Prescription drugs

Each of these drugs has associated common misperceptions about the potential harm resulting from their use, and each creates their own set of problems, negative consequences and pathways into the disease of drug addiction.

The goal of our drug addiction test is not to provide a definitive answer as to whether you, or someone you care about, has a drug addiction. It is an opportunity to raise your awareness about the impact that the drugs are having on your life, or the life of someone you care about.

As you read each of the following statements take your time to think about the answer, then click on the button if you believe it applies to you. Only you will be seeing the results of this drug test so take the opportunity to be completely honest with yourself. To minimize or deny behaviours or consequences is one of the symptoms of addiction./

South Pacific Private offers free confidential assessments if you wish to discuss the results of your test. Please call us 24/7 on 1800 063 332.


  • PART A: Depressive Mood Systems
    Have you experienced an episode where you have had some of these symptoms for a period of at least two weeks:
  • 1. Do you worry about things in a way that is out of proportion with the problem?
  • 2. Do you have difficulty making decisions?
  • 3. Do you have feelings of dread or worry that something bad is going to happen?
  • 4. Do you have difficulty focusing or concentrating?
  • PART B: Example Subtitle
  • 1. Do you feel tense and "wound up", or notice muscle tension?
  • 2. Do you have difficulty sleeping or relaxing?
  • 3. Do you experience shortness of breath or hyperventilation and / or feel your heart pounding, or palpitations (sudden awareness of your heart beat, or a fluttering feeling in your chest)?
  • 4. Do you experience any of the following physical symptoms:
    • — Trembling or shaking?
    • — Sweating?
    • — Headaches?
    • — Fatigue
    • — Chest pain or discomfort?
    • — Stomach upset or nausea?
    • — Choking sensations?
    • — Frequent urination or diarrhea?
    • — Dizziness or feeling light headed?
    • — Hot or cold flashes?

South Pacific Private is here to help when you or someone you love experiences difficulties with addictions, trauma or with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

Find out if you have a problem

The goal of our self-tests is not to provide you with a diagnosis for yourself or for someone you care about. Instead, they are an opportunity for you to better understand how a behaviour might be impacting upon your life or the life of your family. Use these tests to enhance your awareness of what the problem might be. These tests should be answered honestly in order to provide accurate insight and are a chance for you to reflect upon the current situation.


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