Drugs Decisional Balance Scales
How important is this to me?
1. My drug use causes problems with others.
2. I like myself better when I use drugs.
3. Because I continue to use drugs some people think I lack the character to quit.
4. Using drugs helps me deal with problems.
5. having to lie to others about my drug use bothers me.
6. Some people try to avoid me when I use drugs.
7. Using drugs helps me to have fun and socialize.
8. Using drugs interferes with my functioning at home or/and at work.
9. Using drugs makes me more of a fun person.
10.Some people close to me are disappointed in me because of my drug use.
11.Using drugs helps me to loosen up and express myself.
12.I seem to get myself into trouble when I use drugs.
13.I could accidentally hurt someone because of my drug use.
14.Not using drugs at a social gathering would make me feel too different.
15.I am losing the trust and respect of my coworkers and/or spouse because of my drug use.
16.My drug use helps give me energy and keeps me going.
17.I am more sure of myself when I am using drugs.
18.I am setting a bad example for others with my drug use.
19.Without drugs‚ my life would be dull and boring.
20.People seem to like me better when I use drugs.
The Transtheoretical Model (TTM; Prochaska & DiClemente‚ 1983; Prochaska‚ DiClemente‚ & Norcross‚ 1992)
Importance in making a decision about drinking: 1=Not important at all‚ 2=Slightly important‚ 3=Moderately important‚ 4=Very important‚ 5=Extremely important
Pros of Using Drugs 2‚ 4‚ 7‚ 9‚ 11‚ 14‚ 16‚ 17‚ 19‚ 20
Cons of Using Drugs1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 6‚ 8‚ 10‚ 12‚ 13‚ 15‚ 18
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