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Are you or a loved one facing a problem with drugs?

You are not alone. When in the midst of a problem with drug use, it can be hard to find a way out. Getting help is one of the best things for your relationships, work and all other aspects of your life. That’s why it’s so important to recognize the warning signs of problem drug use.

If you think you or a loved one may have a problem, reach out to Your Life Iowa for free, confidential support. We will listen, provide information, connect you to an experienced counselor or simply be a shoulder to lean on.

 Warning Signs

  • Memory loss or blackouts
  • Accidents or injuries while under the influence of drugs
  • Using drugs even though there are physical conditions that can be worsened by drug use
  • Drug use interferes with work, school or other activities

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Drug Use Screening

Drug use can affect a person’s health and interfere with certain medications and treatments. It is important to ask questions about the use of prescribed or over-the-counter in excess of directions, and any non-medical use of drugs. Select the response that best describes your answer to each question. Your answers are confidential.

Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?

Drugs 1

Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?

Drugs 2

Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?

Drugs 3

Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use?

Drugs 4

Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?

Drugs 5

Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?

Drugs 6

Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?

Drugs 7

Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?

Drugs 8

Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?

Drugs 9

Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?

Drugs 10


This score indicates little to no risk for drug related problems.
A score in this range indicates low risk for problems related to drug use.
A score in this range indicates a moderate risk of drug related problems.
A score in this range indicates the likelihood of a substance use disorder.
A score in this range indicates the likelihood of a moderate to severe substance use disorder.
Do you wish to send your results to yourself?
Do you wish to send your results to a substance use disorder specialist?

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All drug use affects the brain and the body

How the brain and body are impacted differs depending upon the type of drug used, the amount used and the frequency of use.

Learn More

Learn more about drugs, and how to support your health and wellness

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    View common drug use myths and learn the facts.

  • Avoiding Risks

    Learn about the risk factors associated with drug use and how to avoid them.

  •  FAQs

    See frequently asked questions and answers.

  • YourLifeIowa.Support

    Encouragement. One text at a time.

  • Brain Injury

    Brain injuries can be a multi-occurring condition with substance use.


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