Self Test

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? Take our 3 Minute Checkup or look through the list below.


This series of questions about one's use of alcohol or drugs is an informal inventory of "tell-tale signs" with many items tailored to lawyers. It is not a list of official diagnostic criteria and does not substitute for a professional evaluation.

  • 1. Do I plan my office routine around my drinking / drug use?
  • 2. Have I tried unsuccessfully to control or abstain from alcohol or drugs?
  • 3. Do my clients, associates, or support personnel contend that my alcohol/drug use interferes with my work?
  • 4. Have I avoided important professional, social, or recreational activities as a result of my alcohol/drug use?
  • 5. Do I ever use alcohol or drugs before meetings or court appearances to calm my nerves or to fee el more confident of my performance?
  • 6. Do I frequently drink or use drugs alone?
  • 7. Have I ever neglected the running of my office or misused funds because of my alcohol or drug use?
  • 8. Have I ever had a loss of memory when I seemed to be alert and functioning but had been using alcohol or drugs?
  • 9. Have I missed or adjourned closings, court appearances, or other appointments because of my alcohol/drug use?
  • 10. Is drinking or drug use leading me to become careless of my family's welfare or other personal responsibilities?
  • 11. Has my ambition or efficiency decreased along with an increase in my use of drugs or alcohol?
  • 12. Have I continued to drink or use drugs despite adverse consequences to my practice, health, legal status, or family relationships?
  • 13. Are strong emotions, related to my drinking or drug use (e.g. fear, guilt, depression, severe anxiety) interfering with my ability to function professional?
  • 14. Are otherwise close friends avoiding being around me because of my alcohol or drug use?
  • 15. Have I been neglecting my hygiene, health care, or nutrition?
  • 16. Am I becoming increasingly reluctant to face my clients or colleagues in order to hide my alcohol/drug use?
  • 17. Does it puzzle you when someone leaves a half-full glass of wine at dinner?
  • 18. Do you need to take a pill before dealing with people, places or things?
  • 19. Do you run out of pain medication before it is time to refill your prescription?
  • 20. Have you ever considered driving off the road into a big tree or bridge abutment?
If you answer “Yes” to any one of these questions, you owe it to yourself to call us at 302.777.0124. We may have some answers for you.
This questionnaire does not provide a diagnosis; however, they may indicate the need for you to seek an evaluation conducted by a qualified healthcare provider. DE-LAP’s statewide, network of providers understand both substance abuse and mental health issues. The confidential, free initial consultation with one of our providers will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
You do not obligate yourself by calling DE-LAP. You may accept, decline or disengage from any or all of our services at any time. DE-LAP does not disclose the identity of callers to the Supreme Court or any of its agencies. You may choose to remain anonymous.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

The table below is intended to provide a broad and general examination of some of the signs and symptoms that are often associated with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and/or depression. The self-tests, included on this site may also serve to provide additional insight into alcohol or drug addiction or mental problems.

This table is presented with thanks to G. Douglas Talbott, M.D. and Linda R. Crosby, MSN, Talbott Recovery Campus, Atlanta, GA.
  • Family

    -Withdrawal from activities
    -Frequent absences
    -Frequent arguments; child/spousal abuse
    -Family members display codependent behaviors
    -Children engage in abnormal, antisocial, or illegal activities
    -Sexual problems (impotence, affair)
    -Separation/ divorce (initiated by spouse)
  • Physical

    -Multiple complaints
    -Increased use of prescription medication
    -Increased hospitalizations
    -Frequent visits to physicians, dentists
    -Personal hygiene, dress deteriorate
    -Accidents, trauma, ER visits
    -Serious emotional crisis
  • Community

    -Decrease in community affairs
    -Change of friends, acquaintances
    -Drunk & disorderly, DUI arrests
    -Loss of confidence in attorney by community leaders
    -Involvement with place of worship changes
    -Sexual promiscuity
    -Isolation from support systems
  • Office

    -Disorganized appointment schedule
    -Hostile behavior to staff and/or clients
    -"Locked door" syndrome (using it at work)
    -Borrowing money from co-workers, staff
    -Frequently sick
    -Frequent unexplained absences
    -Clients begin to complain to associates, staff
  • Professional

    -Inappropriate behavior, moods
    -Decreasing quality of performance
    -Inappropriate pleadings, decisions
    -Co-workers and staff "gossip" about changes in behavior
    -Malpractice and disciplinary claims
    -Missed hearings, appointments, depositions
    -Loss of clients, practice, respect