During your medical exam, your doctor may ask you questions about
alcohol, cigarettes, and drug use.
Your doctor may begin by asking about legal and accepted drugs, such
as tobacco and caffeine. He or she then may ask about alcohol and
over-the-counter and prescription drugs. And then your doctor may ask you about
Some questions might include:
Have you ever used drugs? How old were you when
you started? At what age did you use for the first time?
drugs do you take?
How do you take the drug?
When was the last time you
used a drug? How often do you use the drug?
Do you ever use drugs
when you are alone? Do you ever use drugs before or during social activities?
Have any of your friends ever been worried about your use of
Have you tried to cut down on or quit using drugs? When you
try to quit, do you have any physical symptoms?
Your doctor also may ask you how you feel about drug use:
Do you think it's okay to use drugs?
Do you sometimes feel a strong need to use
Do you ever change your plans so you can use drugs?
Do you feel that your drug use is safe?
friends think drug use is okay?
Your doctor may ask questions about problems at work or with the law
or loved ones. For example:
Have you ever missed work or had problems at work
because of drugs?
Have you ever been arrested for having drugs or
because of something you did while using drugs? What happened?
you ever been arrested for driving while using drugs?
Have you ever
been to jail because of drugs?
Do you feel your drug use is harming
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction