You may feel that you are in control of your addiction. We do not like to admit any weakness, and often our friends are embarrassed to tell you. Be it smoking, drinking drugs, over eating, sex, shopping, internet chat rooms or whatever, when does the fun end and the addiction become destructive?
Try this self-reflection questionnaire. If you feel that you want to seek out support from a friend then get them to complete these questions.
- Is the extent of your habit/ addiction your guilty secret?
- Is your habit an important part of your day?
- Do you accept that the addiction is now harmful? (Health, Cost, Relationships)
- Have you tried to quit before and failed?
- Do you spend an increasing part of your day thinking about your habit?
- Do you sometimes indulge in your addiction, by yourself?
- Has anyone suggested to you that you have a ‘problem’?
- Do you become ‘defensive’ when someone suggests that you have a problem?
- Do you have doubts that you could quit today?
- Have you ever felt that you need to get help?
So is it an addiction? If you have answered ‘yes’ to more than half of these questions, you may well be ready to ask yourself a final question. Am I ready to confront my addition and change that habit? Recovery and change starts when you choose to quit your addiction.
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