PROMIS Clinics Unveils New Facebook App to Diagnose Addictions

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The UK’s leading treatment group, PROMIS Clinics, has converted its popular SPQ test into a Facebook app.

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PROMIS Rehabilitation Clinics, a leading addiction treatment group in the UK has recently updated their popular Shorter PROMIS Questionnaire (SPQ) as a free Facebook application for all users. The SPQ is a culmination of years of academic research and clinical experience, which was released for free public use via the website

This new Facebook App further enhances the popular questionnaire by allowing the user to self test in an even easier and more convenient interface. The self-report tool contains 160 questions requiring answers from 0 to 5 that allow users to assess their own.

PROMIS SPQ presents a perfect first step towards an initial diagnosis and whether to take further action by allowing users to optionally save their progress and share the test and results with friends, family or medical professionals.

The SPQ measures addictive tendencies for alcohol, gambling, shopping, recreational drugs, caffeine, exercise, work and many more.

“In a clinical setting the SPQ has proved itself to be invaluable. Quickly we have been able to differentiate between light to moderate use of mood altering substances, and processes and problems that really need urgent attention, just by means of one simple questionnaire,” said Robin Lefever, the treatment Director of PROMIS Clinics. “Addictive illness has many different symptoms which tend to cluster into groups of behaviour.”

The SPQ has been used for over ten years throughout the world by individuals and in clinical settings as an assessment tool for identifying multiple addictive tendencies in sixteen distinct areas, and contributes to furthering the research in the field of addiction.

Each question targets specific addiction areas ranging from alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders to compulsive behaviours. At the end of the questionnaire a clearer picture can be obtained of underlying addictions. The SPQ test is also able to help identify cross-addictions.

“Often people with compulsive addiction problems will present to rehab with one obvious symptom of their addictive illness but will also be unwittingly damaging themselves with many others which may not be so obvious. This presenting behaviour often involves such damage that it eclipses these others to such an extent that they easily go unnoticed. If they are not recognised, very quickly these secondary addictive behaviours become as damaging as the first and often lead to relapses and more pain,” stated Lefever.

The popularity and flexibility of Facebook has allowed PROMIS Clinics to leverage the power of social media to bring awareness to addictions and other mental health disorders. The impact of online communities has been found to help many people by providing a support network and this is another opportunity to get people talking about the topic and help break the stigma of addiction.
“25 years ago we discovered that it would be far better if people could deal with the whole spectrum of addictive illness at one go, rather than approaching it symptom by symptom. The SPQ has been a critical tool in this process,” added Lefever.

About The SPQ
The SPQ gives online communities another set of tools to use and spread the message of recovery as well as enabling friends and loved ones to approach those affected by addiction in a less intrusive manner. It determines the addictive tendencies in 16 distinct behavioural areas.

PROMIS Rehabilitation Clinics have been helping individuals and family recover from addiction and its consequences for over 25 years in the UK, catering to an international clientele. For more information, please visit

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