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Substance Abuse: Decisional Balance - Drug and Alcohol Use

 

How important to you at the present time is each of the following statements. Please rate your level of importance on the following 5 point scale from not important at all (1) to extremely important (5). Your rating should reflect how important each statement is in your decision whether to drink or use drugs at the present time.

If you have not used any drug except alcohol, fill in the column on the right only. If you have used both alcohol and drugs, rate the statements for their importance to your drinking in the column on the right and for your drug use in the column on the left. Please answer every question by placing the appropriate number in the box.

1 = Not Important
2 = Slightly Important
3 = Moderately Important
4 = Very Important
5 = Extremely Important

Drugs Drinking

   
1. Drinking or taking drugs relaxes me box box
2. Drinking or using drugs is bad for my health box box
3. I am more pleasant to be around when I'm drinking or taking drugs box box
4. My drinking or drug use causes problems with others box box
5. I like myself better when I am drinking box box
6. I'm foolish to ignore the warnings about the problems caused by alcohol or drugs box box
7. Being able to hold your liquor is a tradition in my family box box
8. Because I continue to drink or use drugs, some people think I lack the character to quit box box
9. Drinking or using drugs helps me deal with problems box box
10. I often wake up feeling "hungover" or sick box box
11. If I try to stop drinking or using drugs I'll probably be irritable and a pain to be around box box
12. People close to me would suffer if I become ill from drinking or using drugs box box
13. By continuing to drink or use drugs I feel I am making my own decisions box box
14. Having to lie to others about my drinking or drug use bothers me box box
15. I would lose my friends if I stopped drinking or using drugs box box
16. Some people try to avoid me when I drink or use drugs box box
17. Drinking or using drugs helps me to have fun and socialize box box
18. Drinking or drug use interferes with my functioning at home and/or at work box box
19. When I drink or use drugs I get less angry and less frustrated with others box box
20. I seem to argue and fight more if I'm drinking or using drugs box box
21. Drinking or using drugs makes me more of a fun person box box
22. I feel like I'm a slave to alcohol or drugs box box
23. I feel like one of the gang if I drink or use drugs along with everybody else box box
24. Some people close to me are disappointed in me because of my drinking or drug habit box box
25. Drinking or using drugs helps me to loosen up and express myself  box box
26. I seem to get myself into trouble when drinking or using drugs box box
27. Things seem to go better at home and at work when I'm drinking or using drugs box box
28. I could accidentally hurt someone because of my drinking or drug use box box
29. I feel I am in control of my drinking or drug habit box box
30. I'm embarrassed that I drink or use drugs too much box box
31. Not drinking or not using drugs at a social gathering would make me feel too different box box
32. I am losing the trust and respect of my co-workers and/or spouse because of my
drinking or drug use 
box box
33. My drinking or drug use helps give me energy and keep going box box
34. My drinking or drug use could kill me box box
35. I am more sure of myself when I am drinking or using drugs box box
36. I am setting a bad example for others with my drinking or drug use box box
37. Without alcohol or drugs my life would be boring and dull box box
38. My drinking or drug use makes me feel out of control box box
39. People seem to like me better when I am drinking or using drugs box box
40. My drinking or drug use could land me in trouble with law box box
41. My drinking or drug use makes other problems seem less important or problematic box box
42. I cannot imagine someone being happy without the use of alcohol or drugs box box

 

Scoring

Pro Subscales

Utility To Self: #1, 9, 17, 25, 33, 37
Utility To Others: #3, 11, 19, 27
Self-Approval: #5, 13, 21, 29, 35
Others Approval: #7, 15, 23, 31, 39
Special Items: #41, 42

Con Subscales

Utility To Self: #2, 10, 18, 26, 34, 38
Utility To Others: #4, 12, 20, 28
Self-Approval: #6, 14, 22, 30, 36
Others Approval: #8, 16, 24, 32, 40

 

 

 

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