Self Help for Addiction – Control Your Habits
Many people find it difficult to control their habits and experience negative consequences because of them. If you’re unsure whether or not you have an addiction or impulse control disorder, there are some warning signs that may indicate you have a problem that should be addressed.
If you are reading this page, then it is likely that you are concerned for yourself and should investigate whether or not some form of treatment for addiction might be necessary. It is important to understand that you are not alone.
Do You Abuse Drugs or Alcohol?
If you agree with any of these statements, you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. If you agree with most or all of these statements, then you will likely meet the criteria for a diagnosis of drug or alcohol dependence disorder.
- Your use has increased over time. You started using occasionally and now use frequently
- You find that the same amount of drugs or alcohol no longer gives you the same effect
- You find it difficult to cut down or stop using completely
- Other people in your life have noticed changes in your behaviour or emotions
- You feel sad, angry or confused after drinking or using drugs
- You feel mad at yourself for not being able to control your use
- Your family and friends are no longer a high priority
- You use drugs and/or alcohol to escape from negative feelings
Decide to make a change and confront your addiction
For most people, the most difficult step to recovery is the first one – deciding to make a change to your life!
Change is not always easy but to overcome addiction it is a necessary step to recovery that can initially involve making changes to: