The Drug Abuse Screen Test, also called DAST-10, is a ten-item, yes/no self-report inventory. It takes less than eight minutes to complete and can be used by both adults and older youths.
In the test, “drug abuse” refers to the use of prescribed or over-the-counter drugs in excess of directions, as well as to non-medical use of drugs. Various classes of drugs may include cannabis, solvents, tranquilizers, barbiturates, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, or narcotics like heroin. These questions do not include alcoholic beverages. For a self-test about alcoholism, please refer to our site’s AUDIT page.
- Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
- Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?
- Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?
- Have you had “blackouts” or “flashbacks” as a result of drug use?
- Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
- Does your spouse (or parent) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
- Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?
- Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?
- Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
- Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g. memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?
The DAST-10 is graded on a spectrum. The number of yeses is directly tied to the severity of your substance use disorder, and a low score does not necessarily mean that you are free of drug-related problems, especially depending on the amount of time that you have been using drugs.
If you answered yes to 1-2 of the above, you should undergo counseling. If you answered yes to 3-5, you likely meet DSM-5 criteria for a substance use disorder and should participate in (at minimum) an intensive outpatient program.
If you answered yes to 6-8, your drug problem is substantial and requires intensive inpatient treatment. If you answered yes to 9-10 items above, your problem is categorized as severe and requires immediate clinical intervention.