How do I know if I’m drinking too much?

There are many simple questionnaires that help to screen for problem drinking. Here’s one called the T-ACE.

1) Tolerance: Does it take more drinks than it used to to make you feel high?

2) Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

3) Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking?

4) Eye-opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answered ‘yes’ to 2 or more questions, it’s an indication of problem drinking, although you should consult a professional if you suspect your drinking is causing problems regardless of how you score on this or any other test. Call us at (717) 299-2831 to find out what steps you can take to lower your risk.

Click here to take the AUDIT, a 10-question alcohol screening test.

Where do I go to get help?

Getting a drug and alcohol evaluation is the first place to start. Any outpatient treatment provider can assist you in getting an evaluation. (View outpatient substance abuse treatment providers in Lancaster County or scroll down to find information on neighboring counties.) If you are not sure where to start, contact our Information & Referral Team  at (717) 299-2831 M-F / 9am to 5pm.

How do I pay for substance abuse treatment?

How do I know what level of care or help I need?

You can be assessed directly at any outpatient treatment provider. The levels of care you may be referred into include:

  • Outpatient– Regularly scheduled counseling sessions, either individual or in a group with others, totaling no more than 5 hours per week
  • Intensive Outpatient– Like outpatient, but takes place at least 3 days per week, up to 10 hours.
  • Partial Hospitalization– For clients who would benefit from more structure than outpatient counseling, but who do not require 24-hour care, partial hospitalization consists of longer-term, more intensive counseling, at least 3 days per week for a minimum of 10 hours.
  • Residential Rehabilitation– Professionally directed 24-hour care, either short-term; for 1 to 3 months in duration, or long-term; several months to several years. The client lives at the facility and participates in individual and group activities designed to “rehabilitate” the client back to a drug-free life.
  • Inpatient Detoxification– Provides 24-hour care to clients during the period of time that the body is eliminating the intoxicating substance. During this time, the client may experience withdrawal symptoms and may require counseling and support. The duration of this service is usually 2 to 7 days, and the client is then referred to residential rehabilitation, a halfway house, or outpatient counseling.
  • Halfway House– This service is often used to help clients make the transition from a residential rehab to living in society again. Clients live in a supportive, home-like setting and work on life skills and maintaining a drug-free life. Clients usually have jobs and attend 12-step meetings. Usually lasts 3 to 6 months.

What are my treatment options outside of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania?

Where can I find more information about self-help groups for issues relating to alcohol and other drugs?