How Do I Know If I’m Addicted?

(from page 9 of Overcome AddictionNow!)

A good way is to go back again to Dr. May’s definition.
(from Dr. Gerald May’s book: Addiction and Grace, Harper Collins 1988)
There are actually five criteria that can help you see if you’re addicted.

1. Tolerance.

The  tolerance  to  the  substance  of  abuse  increases. 
In other words, it takes more and more indulgence in the
addiction to reach the same level of satisfaction.

2. Withdrawal.

The person suffers in some way or experiences dis-ease when
the substance or behavior is removed or denied.

3. Self-Deception.

The mind deceives the addict with obsessive thoughts about
the substance as well as about reality.  The thinking then
becomes a problem, and it’s frequently called “DENIAL,”
an inability or unwillingness to face the truth or reality of the situation.

4. Loss Of Will Power

One part of the addict really wants to be free and realizes
there might be a problem, but a bigger part is held captive by the addiction.

5. Distortion Of Attention

All the attention and energy is focused on how to find
the next fix or act out the next behavior.

Analyzing the behavior against these five criteria can be
a simple way to find out if, in fact, either the substance
or the behavior is a problem.

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