SLA Screener

1 Have you used drugs/alcohol other than those required for medical purposes?
2 Have you abused prescription drugs/alcohol?
3 Do you use more than one drug/alcohol at a time?
4 Do you use drugs/alcohol more than once a week?
5 Have you tried to stop using drugs/alcohol and were you not able to do so?
6 Have you had blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug/alcohol use?
7 Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug/alcohol use?
8 Do your parents or friends ever tell you to cut back your drug/alcohol use?
9 Has drug/alcohol abuse created problems between you and your parents?
10 Have you lost friends because of your use of drugs/alcohol?
11 Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs/alcohol?
12 Have you been in trouble at school because of your use of drugs/alcohol?
13 Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs/alcohol?
14 Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain illegal drugs/alcohol?
15 Have you been arrested for possession of illegal drugs/alcohol?
16 Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms(felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs/alcohol?
17 Have you had medical problems as a result of your drugs/alcohol use?
18 Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug/alcohol problem?
19 Have you stopped doing things that used to be a big part of your life? (Sports, school work, hanging out with friends who don’t do drugs/alcohol)?
20 Do you hide drugs or alcohol?
21 Do you use them alone?


According to the Vanderbilt University Addiction Centre (Treatment Centre) a person needs help if they answer Yes at the following rates:

1 – 5 Low level of concern
6 -10 Further consulting / Education is needed
11 – 15 Substantial problem – treatment is needed
16 – 21 Severe problem – treatment is needed