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Addiction Self Assessment

UNCOPE Questions to Screen Yourself for an Alcohol or Drug Abuse Problem*

The UNCOPE screening test consists of six questions found in existing instruments and assorted research reports. This excellent screening test was first reported by Hoffmann and colleagues in 1999. The six questions provide a simple and quick means of identifying whether you are at risk for abuse or dependence for alcohol and other drugs.

Take the screening test and circle a “yes” or “no” at the end of each of the questions. Answer the questions to the best of your knowledge—it may be difficult to be completely honest because of fears you might have about the outcome of this screening. In addition, you may find it interesting, informative and necessary to have others in your support network take the other screening test on this web site, “Alcohol and Drug Abuse—Assess Others” and discuss their answers as they compare to yours. As a result of taking this test you can be assured, it almost always provides an interesting discussion among yourself and those who take the other screening test because it will compare your observations with those from others who may have observed your drinking and drug use behaviors differently from yourself over the past year. The scoring of the screening test is found at the end of the six questions. Take the risk and stay as honest as possible when you answer the questions in this addiction self assessment.


“In the past year, have you ever drank or used drugs more than you meant to?” -OR- “Have you spent more time drinking or using than you intended to?”
Yes or No


“Have you ever neglected some of your usual responsibilities because of using alcohol or drugs?”
Yes or No


“Have you wanted or needed to cut down on your drinking or drug use in the last year?”
Yes or No


“Has anyone objected to your drinking or drug use?” -OR- “Has your family, a friend, or anyone else ever told you they objected to your alcohol or drug use?”
Yes or No


“Have you ever found yourself preoccupied with wanting to use alcohol or drugs?” -OR- “Have you found yourself thinking a lot about drinking or using?”
Yes or No


“Have you ever used alcohol or drugs to relieve emotional discomfort, such as sadness, anger, or boredom?”
Yes or No


Two positive responses indicate a strong likelihood of an alcohol and/ or drug abuse problem.

Four or more positive responses strongly indicate an alcohol and/or drug dependence problem.

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* Taken from Linking Human Systems, LLC Landau Network of CAI’s website. The original screening is by Hoffmann, N. G. Retrieved from: UNCOPE_for_web.pdf